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GOOS Update October 2014

The GOOS Update is a review of activities of the GOOS Steering Committee and panels, GOOS Regional Alliance news, examples of how ocean observations are being applied, and job opportunities. 

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Programme Specialists for GOOS and JCOMM at IOC/UNESCO

Job opportunities 

IOC/UNESCO is presently recruiting two Programme Specialist positions for:

  • Tsunami Early Warning and Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology JCOMM data and services activities, based in Paris at IOC (vacancy SC 435)
  • the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) and support to the expansion of GOOS to biology and ecosystems, based in Oostende, Belgium (vacancy 1BESC 0002RP)

Applications for both positions are due 9 November 2014 and can be accessed at the UNESCO Careers page »

Patricia Miloslavich to support the GOOS biology and ecosystem panel activity from Australia

Biology and ecosystems panel

Patricia Miloslavich will support the GOOS biology and ecosystems panel from the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville, Australia, starting in early 2015. Patricia is a Venezuelan marine biologist with a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Quebec at Rimouski. 


Nic Bax and Samantha Simmons to lead the GOOS biology and ecosystems panel

Biology and ecosystems panel

The GOOS Steering Committee in July appointed Nic Bax (Australia) and Samantha Simmons (USA) as the new Biology and Ecosystems Panel co-chairs. Nic leads Australia’s Marine Biodiversity Hub for the University of Tasmania, and the Understanding Ocean Ecosystems stream in the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship. Sam is the Assistant Scientific Program Director and Acting Research Program Officer of the Marine Mammal Commission (USA). 


Notification: changes in Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) Mooring Array position information

Observing networks

The TAO moorings are run by the NOAA National Data Buoy Centre, and are part of the TAO/TRITON mooring array, which spans the Tropical Pacific. Vandalism continues to plague the TAO array, especially in the eastern sector, reducing the data available for assimilation into models and for climate research. NDBC has therefore decided to reduce the publicly-available position information on its website, as one of several counter-vandalism measures.