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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). 


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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. 


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Global drifter program achieves a rebuild towards its target

Observing networks

In 2005, surface drifter number 1250 was ceremonially launched during a JCOMM session offshore of Halifax, Canada - marking the first component of GOOS to reach its target number of platforms deployed. In recent years, the lifetimes of surface drifting buoys had fallen rapidly, and maintaining a GOOS/GCOS target of 1250 active reporting buoys became increasingly difficult. Work by the Data Buoy Cooperation Panel and its Global Drifter Program has brought the number back up to its target this year.


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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 »





Ocean Science for Development in SIDS: Facts and Figures

SIDS SciDevNet 2014The GOOS Project Office Paris, has contributed an article about Small Island Developing States (SIDS) ocean observation needs to SciDevNet (Link to SIDS Article)  in preparation for the Third International SIDS Conference in September 2014 in Samoa.  The article written by Sarah Grimes with contributions from colleagues at IOCARIBE, PIGOOS, IOGOOS, Perth Regional Programme Office and IOC Paris, highlights the need for coordinated ocean monitoring to support SIDS management of the marine environment based on the best science available.  The Ocean environment is central to the welfare of SIDS, and as such is a major focus of the SIDS Conference.  The conference is expected to reaffirm the Rio+20 declaration of SIDS’ particular vulnerability and need for special assistance to enhance marine research and improve technology transfer to enable SIDS to monitor and have better access to ocean data.