NASA ROSES Support Two New MBON Projects 
On October 23 during GEO Week 2017, NASA announced the winners of the ROSES awards which included two new MBON projects.  The “Dynamic seascapes to support a biogeographic framework for a global marine biodiversity observing network" led by Maria Kavanaugh, Oregon State University, will expand MBON activities in polar ecosystems. The "Laying the foundations of the Pole-to-Pole Marine Biodiversity Observation Network  (P2P MBON) of the Americas” led by Enrique Montes, University of South Florida, will expand the effort into the Americas.  U.S. IOOS is a collaborating partner on both projects, and both feature partnerships across multiple federal agencies, academic institutions, and private organizations.  Read more.


​​​​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. 

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.


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

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MBON Side Event at the Group on Earth Observations XIV Plenary Discusses New Strategies and Tools


Washington, DC. Oct, 24, 2017 -- Speakers at the side event, co-organized by the US MBON and GEO BON MBON, discussed new strategies and tools being piloted by US MBON projects and partner organizations to integrate biological observations into ocean observing systems for practical applications. Read more... or click on the image to watch the Session.

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