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Kostas Nittis, Secretary General of EuroGOOS, died after a long illness on 29 July 2014.
Kostas has been a member of the GOOS community since its inception, and a strong advocate of the international efforts to monitor the seas. His participation on GOOS committees, and especially as Secretary General of EuroGOOS, has always been appreciated, and he will be sorely missed by us all.
Kostas did his Ph.D. work on the variability of the Aegean and Ionian Seas, and after starting his career at the University of Athens, worked for 15 years at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, rising to the position of Research Director. Over these years, he was involved in numerous European research projects leading to the development of operational oceanography. As Chair of the European Marine Board, he oversaw the development of common priorities in the marine research community, and developed a series of outputs to influence the science-policy interface, focused on addressing societal challenges and opportunities. Secretary General of EuroGOOS since January 2013, the European Global Ocean Observing System, Kostas oversaw the establishment of a legal entity committed to European-scale operational oceanography, tirelessly promoting its development, fostering cooperation amongst European institutions, and ensuring coordination with international initiatives such as GOOS. He continued his work for the community despite his illness.
Our thoughts are with the EuroGOOS community and his family.
The Australia Integrated Marine Observing System has been recognized as a GOOS Regional Alliance by the IOC Executive Council. At their 47th session the IOC Executive Council reviewed the recommendation of the GOOS Steering Committee to recognize the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) as a GOOS Regional Alliance (IOC/EC-XLVII/2 Annex 1, Section J). The Executive Council acknowledged the accomplishments of the Australian IMOS, welcomed the intention of IMOS to serve regional needs in addition to national programmes and recognized the IMOS as a GOOS Regional Alliance.
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Biogeochemistry and Biology Panels
GOOS has the ambition to expand sustained ocean observations to biogeochemical and biological variables in an integrated way. Stepping in this direction, a group of technical experts met in a First Technical Workshop for Biology and Ecosystem and Biogeochemistry Panels (13-16 November 2013, AIMS, Townsville, Australia) to help identify major scientific and societal challenges that require sustained observations of ocean biogeochemistry and biology and ecosystem variables, and to nominate Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) for further consideration by the community. The biogeochemical EOVs have been published for review, and the biological ones will follow soon after internal review.
The GOOS Steering Committee
GOOS panel chairs, meeting 3-4 March 2014 (IPRC, Honolulu, USA), identified major goals for panel work plans, articulated the management of affiliation to GOOS through GOOS Projects, decided on a push on communications with a focus on the implementers and funders of the observing system, and agreed to develop a 'strategic mapping' of GOOS which captures the output of applying the Framework for Ocean Observing.