Executive Committee and Stakeholder Meetings in Guam


Executive Committee and Stakeholder Meetings in Guam

The Executive Committee of the PacIOOS Governing Council met on Guam in April. Committee members, IOOS Director Carl Gouldman, and PacIOOS staff reviewed program updates and discussed the future outlook. The focus of the meeting was to further develop a new Strategic Plan for PacIOOS. Based on the strategic framework approved by the Governing Council in the fall, the Executive Committee addressed objectives and actions in more detail. Meeting attendees also participated in site visits at the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Guam, University of Guam Marine Lab, and Masso and Pago Bay watersheds to better understand local needs and challenges.

PacIOOS Executive Committee Members at Pago Bay

Executive Committee members learn about sedimentation issues in Pago Bay, Guam.

While traveling through the region, PacIOOS staff also met with partners and stakeholders on Guam, Saipan, and Palau to learn about ongoing projects and initiatives, and to identify synergies for possible collaborations. PacIOOS is exploring opportunities to broaden its impact throughout the insular Pacific by pursuing external funding sources and leveraging partnerships. Discussions covered topics such as the PacIOOS Water Quality Sensor Partnership Program, the need and value of inundation forecasts, and data hosting capacities.

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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.