Program Update: Interagency Ocean Observation Committee – July 2012
The Summit Steering Committee and Co-Chairs are in the process of building out the structure and format for the IOOS Summit, which will take place November 13-16, 2012 in Herndon, Virginia. Meanwhile, federal agencies and other interested parties are highly encouraged to submit IOOS Summit Community White Papers (CWPs) for incorporation into the Summit proceedings. For more information and to submit an expression of interest, please visit the website here.
The 103 CWPs that have been submitted already are now available here. The submissions are on wide-ranging ocean observing topics. Online, you can view the titles and authors for each of the papers. The titles contain a link to the paper uploaded in Google Docs. The online list allows you to sort by title or author. Buttons in the lower right portion of the screen enable users to download the entire list in Excel or view it full screen in your browser. Occasionally, when accessing the papers, you may receive the following message: “Sorry, we are unable to generate a view of the document at this time.” If this occurs, click the link one or two more times and it should load. Of course, if you find any errors or bad links email the IOOC Office and the issue will be addressed. Finally, if you have any general comments about the CWP submissions, please use the comment board at the bottom of the page.
Given that the Summit can accommodate 200 individuals, the CWPs will be instrumental as criteria for Summit attendee selection. All CWPs will be reviewed and scored for Quality (1-10), Relevance (1-10), and Helpfulness/Format (1-10) by Chapter Leads and Summit Co-Chairs. One representative from the 30 top-rated submissions will be provided with an invitation to the Summit to assure representation of the topic at the meeting.
The Summit Steering Committee and Co-Chairs developed participation criteria that can be found on the website.
The IOOS Summit Proceedings will be divided into five chapters. The Steering Committee selected individuals to lead those chapters and are in the process of receiving confirmation from those individuals. The Chapters are:
- Highlighting the Past Decade
- User Requirement: Revisiting/Updating
- Observing System Capabilities: Gap Assessment
- Integration Challenges and Opportunities
- Vision for Next 10 Years
The IOOC Support Office set up a general email account that community members can use for any questions regarding the Summit. We will continue to provide reminders and updates via email to the IOOC, however, if you would like to keep up with the latest Summit updates, ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
The next full membership meeting takes place on August 16, 2012 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
More information about the IOOC can be accessed here, which contains updated information regarding commenting opportunities on committee activities, information on upcoming and past events, and relevant scientific, technical, and policy publications.