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July 25-27, 2023 | Silver Spring, Maryland | Hybrid Format

From left to right: the USCGC Healy in Arctic sea ice (Credit: Jessica Cross, NOAA PMEL); Stratus buoy S19 deployment off the coast of Chile in the eastern Pacific (Credit: Raymond Graham, WHOI); the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown (Credit: NOAA).

Workshop Goals

  • Share recent accomplishments, discuss opportunities for further improvement, and identify solutions to challenges facing the ocean observing community
  • Discuss and gather input on GOMO’s 2022 Program Review recommendations, responses, and next steps
  • Identify ways to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion both in the research community and in our NOAA program and labs
  • Strengthen connections and collaborations within our community and identify new opportunities to engage more broadly
  • Develop messages to raise the visibility of GOMO’s work

Meeting Location and Virtual Access

The meeting will be held in-person in the Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza (1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910). Parking and directions are available HERE.

The meeting will also be offered in a Hybrid format on Zoom. The meeting link was sent in an email to the registered attendees. We will also send another reminder email with virtual access information as we get closer to the meeting. Please review GOMO’s Virtual Meeting Best Practices for general etiquette and logistics.


Access the agenda and available speaker presentations in the agenda below.
Download a PDF version of the 2023 GOMO Community Agenda (without presentation access) HERE.


In-person registration opens at 8:30 AM

Opening Remarks | 9:00 – 9:15 AM (15 min)

  • Welcome and messaging from NOAA/OAR/GOMO leadership [David Legler, Emily Menashes]

Goal 1: Sustain global ocean monitoring and observing for long-term continuity and improve data quality and system efficiency.

Session 1: GOMO Today | 9:15 – 10:00 AM (45 min)
  • GOMO Today (David Legler)
    • Program review recommendations, call for community input
    • What to expect in the FY24 budget
  • Discussion
BREAK | 10:00 – 10:15 AM (15 min)
Session 2: GOMO into the Future | 10:15 AM – 11:45 PM (90 min)
  • GOMO Into The Future (David Legler)
  • Guiding questions:
      • What does it mean to build and maintain a sustained observing system? 
      • How do we prioritize areas for expansion?
      • How do we address ongoing challenges in the ocean observing community?
      • Opportunities to increase support, infrastructure and international collaboration?
  • NOAA Fleet Plan – Future of the fleet; NOAA’s mission at sea (RDML Chad Cary)
  • Moderated discussion (Jessica Snowden)
LUNCH | 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM (90 min)

Goal 2: Innovate and evolve the ocean observing network to address emerging needs and opportunities for ocean health, ocean economy, weather and climate.

Intent for Science Talk Discussion (Sessions 3, 4, 5, and 6)
  • Allow space for diverse talks based on GOMO program and Community feedback
  • Share new research, successes, challenges
  • Highlight the value of ocean observing to science and society
  • Look for opportunities to collaborate and partner
  • Consider what GOMO Science Talks should look like in 5, 10, 30 years
Session 3: Science Talks | Physical Oceanography, Extreme Events, Air-Sea Fluxes | 1:15 – 2:45 PM (90 min)
BREAK | 2:45 – 3:00 PM (15 min)
Session 4: Science Talks | Carbon, Biogeochemistry, and Marine Ecosystems | 3:00  – 4:30 PM (90 min)
Day 1 Wrap-Up | 4:30 – 4:45 PM (David Legler, 15 min)
GOMO Community Reception | 5:30 – 7:00 PM (Optional)

Goal 2 (Continued): Innovate and evolve the ocean observing network to address emerging needs and opportunities for ocean health, ocean economy, weather and climate.

Session 5: Science Talks | Innovative Technologies | 8:30 – 10:00 AM (90 min)

  • Session co-chairs: David Allen, Kathy Tedesco
  • What are the emerging opportunities in ocean observing technologies?
      • Uncrewed Surface Vehicles developed for GOOS: A success story of Public-Private Partnership of NOAA Research and Saildrone (Dongxiao Zhang, 8:30 AM)
      • Next-generation technology for 20-year-old air-sea CO2 instrumentation (Adrienne Sutton, 8:40 AM)
      • Incorporating GNSS into the National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON) (Peter Stone, 8:50 AM)
      • Towards an Arctic Ocean profiling array (Susan Wijffels, 9:00 AM)
      • Innovative Technology for Arctic Exploration Program (Calvin Mordy, 9:10 AM)
  • Panel discussion (9:20 AM, 40 min)

BREAK | 10:00 – 10:15 AM (15 min)

Session 6: Science Talks | Model Improvements and Applications | 10:15 – 11:45 AM (90 min)

GROUP PHOTO | 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM (15 min)

LUNCH | 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM (1 hour 15 min)

Goal 3: Improve the value, accessibility, and usability of observational data for informed decision-making.

Session 7: Data Workshop | 1:15 – 4:45 PM (3.5 hours)

  • Data workshop co-chairs: Cindy Garcia, Alyse Larkin, Ann Zinkann
  • Guiding points:
      • Introduce the draft Data Strategy Plan and co-develop plan with the Community
      • Identify the challenges, gaps, and key activities. What can GOMO do to bridge said gaps (proposed solutions and thoughts)
      • How can we move forward with these actions in a sustainable manner?
      • Developing metrics of success and indicators

Data Workshop: Intro and Data Strategy Visioning | 1:15 – 1:30 PM (Data Team, 15 min)

Data Workshop: Overview Presentations | 1:30 – 2:00 PM (30 min)

  • GOMO Data Strategy (GOMO Data Team with presentations by Kevin O’Brien and Mathieu Belbeoch)
    • Data Strategy and governance (Kevin O’Brien, 1:30 PM)
    • Metrics of success and indicators (Mathieu Belbeoch, 1:45 PM)

BREAK | 2:00 – 2:15 PM (15 min)

Data Workshop: Working Session (2 Breakout Sessions) | 2:15 – 4:00 PM (1 hour 45 min)

  • Facilitators: Kevin O’Brien, Mathieu Belbeoch, Eugene Burger, Alex Kozyr, Liqing Jiang, Mathew Biddle
  • Working Session 1 (with two breakout groups) (2:15 – 3:05 PM)
  • Working Session 2 (with two breakout groups) (3:10 – 4:00 PM)

BREAK | 4:00 – 4:15 PM (15 min)

Data Workshop: Report Out from Working Session and Next Steps | 4:15 – 4:45 PM (30 min)

  • Working session report out (20 min – 10 min each group)
  • Final discussion & next steps (25 min)

Day 2 Wrap-Up | 4:45 – 5:00 PM (David Legler, 15 min)

Goal 4: Develop and capitalize on the expertise, diversity and capacity of the ocean observing enterprise.

Session 8: Identifying GOMO Stakeholders | 8:30 – 9:30 AM (60 min)

  • Session co-chairs: Jessica Snowden, Ann Zinkann
  • Guiding questions:
      • How do you best identify the right level of stakeholders?
      • How do you prioritize the core stakeholders group relevant to your activities?
      • How far along the value chain do you recommend developing a stakeholder mapping?
      • What are some best practices you recommend when engaging stakeholders in your operations?
      • How do you incorporate stakeholder needs into your decisions and weigh their needs to agency priorities? And how do you then prioritize investments?
  • Panel discussion: Shirley Murillo, AJ Reiss, Marian Westley, Sheekela Baker-Yeboah, Debra Hernandez, Kathlleen ONeil, Jun Zhang

Session 9: Broadening Engagement and DEIJA | 9:30 – 10:30 AM (60 min)

BREAK | 10:30 – 11:00 AM (30 min)

Session 10: Communicating the Importance of Ocean Observations | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (60 min)

  • Session co-chairs: Jessica Mkitarian, Sarah Tucker, and Jessica Gwinn
  • Guiding questions:
    • How can we better coordinate communications across our community?
    • How can we communicate our science beyond the ocean observing community?
    • How do we develop consistent and effective messaging on the value of ocean observing?
  • Communicating the Importance of Ocean Observations (GOMO Communications Team)
  • Panel discussion: Monica Allen, Adi Hanein, Claire Montgomery, Rayne Sabatello

Session 11: Reflections on Building the Future of the GOMO Community | 12:00 – 12:30 PM (David Legler, 30 min)

Closing Remarks | 12:30 – 1:00 PM (30 min)

Thank you for being a part of the GOMO community, we look forward to seeing you in person and virtually at the 2023 GOMO Community Workshop!

GOMO Community Workshop 2023