OceanObs RCN Meeting at AGU Washington, DC

Sunday December 9, 2018, 10:30 am to 6:00 pm

Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, Grand North Ball Room

Contact: Jay Pearlman (jay.pearlman@fourbridges.org) and Frank Muller-Karger (carib@usf.edu)

Attendees and presenters do not have to be registered for AGU.

Click to download the RCN Meeting Proceedings and RCN Meeting agenda.


Meeting Objective

The OceanObs RCN meeting seeks to advance links between observation networks and operational users to facilitate the delivery of critical information to stakeholders.

The meeting objective is to discuss a decadal vision to address critical policy issues that require multidisciplinary ocean observing systems. The OceanObs RCN is a forum for a dialogue on regional and global ocean observing that, in the aggregate, constitutes a global observing system. Discussions may identify new technologies and promote their cost-effective development, identify policy priorities, and highlight capacity building requirements for the next decade. This includes discussion about a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) proposed by the IOC (https://en.unesco.org/ocean-decade), and balancing ocean observations, science, use, and conservation requirements.

NOTE: We are recruiting volunteers to lead and organize a working group on “Engaging Society in Observing – the Human Dimension (Ocean Artisan and Citizen Science.)” Interested people should contact Jay Pearlman (jay.pearlman@fourbridges.org) and Frank Muller-Karger (carib@usf.edu).


OceanObs RCN Meeting – Portland, Oregon

2018 February 11

Contact: Jay Pearlman (jay.pearlman@fourbridges.org) and Frank Muller-Karger (carib@usf.edu)

Click to download the RCN Meeting Proceedings.


OceanObs RCN Focus: Integrating Biological Data 

September 2017 — the National Science Foundation announced ongoing support for the Ocean Observations Research Coordination Network (OceanObs RCN) until 2022. The RCN will continue efforts to connect ocean research networks with operational users of ocean information to promote multi-disciplinary dialogue and support development of new technologies to observe life in the ocean. The RCN is focusing on integrating biological data into national and international ocean observing systems and initiatives.

The RCN activities are being coordinated by Dr. Frank Muller-Karger (Principal Investigator) at the University of South Florida, and Co-Investigators Jay Pearlman (University of Colorado), Dr. Dawn Wright (Esri), and Dr. Linwood Pendleton (Global Lead Ocean Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, European Institute of Marine Studies, and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions). USF serves as the host institution for the OceanObs RCN. The international Steering Committee will provide input and guidance on objectives. Click here to read about the PIs and the current Steering Committee.

The goal of the Ocean Observation Research Coordination Network (RCN) is to foster a broad, multi-disciplinary dialogue, enabling more effective use of ocean observing systems. RCN will motivate new research outcomes, provide wider visibility for the value and impacts of ocean observations and encourage a new generation of scientists to focus on the oceans and their challenges.

Previous Workgroup Activities

  1. Read the 2016 Annual Report
  2.  Open Data Working Group (WG) published a paper on its finding and recommendations for open data.
  3. The Remote Sensing In Situ workgroup issued a final report and recommendations for “A Modern Coastal Ocean Observing System Using Data from Advanced Satellite and In Situ Sensors – An Example” which looks at the next decade of observations in the context of coastal dynamics.
  4. A Biological Integration and Observation (BIO) Task Team study sponsored by the IOOC analyzed essential ocean variables for biology.
  5. Check out the many OceanObs RNC recorded webinars, hosted by the Ocean Mysteries Series.