CariCOOS Build-out Plan
TEN YEAR BUILD-OUT PLANS DUE SEPTEMBER 30
In the implementation of the Integrated Coastal Ocean Observation System Act (IOCCS Act), signed into law last year by President Obama, NOAA the lead implementing agency, is asking the eleven regional associations to complete 10 year build out plans for ensuring initial capabilities to address priority needs in their respective regions. These build out plans will help fulfill the ICOOS Act requirements of an independent cost estimate and annual regional gaps analysis and will provide important information for the National Ocean Policy requirements regarding development of a national observing system and its integration into international observation efforts. The deadline for initial drafts is September 30, 2011.
During our past assembly CaRA management presented a 5 year workplan containing implicit build-out information. The thrust of the 5 year proposal to the CariCOOS proposal to the NOA IOOS office is:
- to consolidate and maintain the current observing system and data product suite
- to build the system at a finer grain focusing on prioritary areas such as ports, beaches and maritime crossroads in order to meet declared stakeholder needs.
Some examples of long-term plans currently in place are the development of observation networks and circulation models for San Juan Ponce and Charlotte Amalie Bays and upgrading of the current HF Radar surface current network in support of operations and emergency response, further development of our water quality program to document ocean acidification and climate change and developing the capacity to understand and address issues pertaining to coastal dynamics, and providing a personal water craft-mounted bathymetry system for port recovery and stakeholder needs.
At the moment, we ask of our Members to help us reach out to the communities in order to identify further needs for data and products with the goal of enhancing safety and productivity in our coasts and the appropriate management of coastal resources.
Our success so far is in large part due to strong stakeholder input in the development of the system. With your help, we can assure a further 10 years of high quality, stakeholder responsive ocean data and data products. In order to facilitate your input, all usual forms of communication are accepted. Also we are more than willing to entertain questions or discussions on possible products and services.
Details of the 5 year proposal to NOAA IOOS and NFRA Guidance on preparation of the build-out plans are available to members upon request.
Further information regarding requirements for the build-out plan can be found in the attached guidance document.
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