​​MBON All-Hands Meeting Presentations

The U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observation Network "All Hands" Meeting on May 26, 2017 brought together PIs, partner organizations and a number of NOAA divisions.  Presentation PDFs are hosted by NASA and meeting summary is available on the NOPP website here. 

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​​​SDG-14 Targets Integrated into New MBON Data Products
​ The Sanctuaries MBON project team met Aug.8-10 in Monterey CA to continue development on data products which use the United Nations SDG target "Life Below Water" 14.2 and 14.a. The data products will be demoed at the global GEO-XIV Plenary on October 25-26, 2017 in Washington D.C.

U.S. MBON Data Strategies Discussed at ESIP
MBON data integration and coordination strategies were discussed in two sessions at the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) annual winter meeting, Bethesda, MD, USA, 11-13 January 2017.  Read more.

Organizations Sign Agreement to Coordinate Global System
December 2016. The GEO BON Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO MBON), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS BioEco panel), and the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) signed a letter of agreement to join efforts towards a sustained, coordinated global ocean system of marine biological and ecosystem observations to support management decisions and address science and societal needs.  Read more: OBIS article and GOOS article.  

U.S. MBON Projects Defining Common Standards and Methods
The researchers working on the three U.S. MBON projects (Arctic, Santa Barbara Channel Island and Sanctuaries MBON) have been collaborating across projects to define and develop common methods and standards which can be used as model practices for a national network.  In 2016, the projects made major advances in developing relational online biodiversity portals enrolling  datasets provided by multiple independent programs, including the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) programs, fisheries (e.g. NOAA’s Fisheries Science Centers).  Researchers gave presentations at 2017 ESIP, the 2016 Ocean Sciences and AGU conferences and published manuscripts. 

Multiple datasets for Alaska, California and Florida have been enrolled in the MBON portal. To look at the growing catalog, or use the portal -- click here.

In January 2017, the National Ocean Service featured  ​Gabrielle Canonico, U.S. IOOS MBON program manager in their podcast. Canonico discussed  the importance of integrating existing datasets into portals, and how MBON is working to increase our understanding of life in the ocean. Click to listen/read.

NOPP Selects MBON for Excellence 

February 27, 2017 -- The National Oceanographic Partnership Program announced that the Sanctuaries MBON project was selected to receive the 2016 Excellence In Partnering Award.  Read about the NOPP's Excellence in Partnering award.   

NOS Podcast: Gabrielle Canonico U.S. IOOS MBON Program Manager

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