PacIOOS Announces New Director


PacIOOS Announces New Director

Congratulations to Melissa Iwamoto on her promotion to Director of PacIOOS. Melissa has been an integral part of the PacIOOS program over the past four years and served as the Deputy Director since August 2014. Melissa has been working in the Pacific Islands region for the past 16 years, with more than a decade of that time spent coordinating and managing community engagement, resource conservation and planning, and ocean observing efforts. Her tenure in the Pacific Islands began as a coastal management officer with Peace Corps in Yap State of the Federated States of Micronesia, where she worked for 3 years. Prior to her time with PacIOOS, Melissa was a Planner for the State of Hawai’i Coastal Zone Management Program, focusing on community-based marine resource management and adaptation to climate change.

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PacIOOS is the first regional association that was certified as a Regional Information Coordination Entity (RICE) by the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Certification provides NOAA and its interagency partners a means to verify that a regional association’s organizational and operational practices, including data management, meet recognized and established standards set by NOAA.