PROGRAM

OceanObs’19 will determine how we meet future user needs, improve the delivery of products across the globe, advance technology and services, and balance needs, capabilities, and knowledge worldwide. Achieving these outcomes will result in a fit-for-purpose Global Ocean Observing System over the next decade. Stay tuned for updates on our program!

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Hilton Hawaiian Village

This four-hour event (RSVP required) will empower the next generation of ocean observing leaders through curated mentorship, expert talks, and social interaction. Happy hour and networking to follow.

Kamehameha Exhibit Hall

Badge pick-up and on-site registration open at the Hawai’i Convention Center.  

Kamehameha Exhibit Hall

Kamehameha Exhibit Hall

Attendees should arrive early to acquire name badges, programs, and find their way around.

Kalakaua Ballroom

Representatives from the region, the public, and the OceanObs’19 planning group will open the Conference and provide an overview of the OceanObs conference series. What are the successes of the conferences? What opportunities exist going forward, and how will we realize our goals as a community?

Speakers Include: 
Denise “Dee” Caffari, The Ocean Race
Vicky Song, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Ambassador Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean (Video)
Eric Lindstrom, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Albert Fischer, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
Jan Newton, Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems

Kalakaua Ballroom

A series of short presentations will provide an overview of how ocean observing and the information it generates inform society on a wide range of issues. From efforts to build resilience and reduce disaster risk to how near real-time ocean forecasting supports maritime safety and extreme event warnings; ocean observations are integral to keeping people safe on land and at sea. As we look towards creating a more sustainable future, analyzing ocean trends will allow us to document changes due to human interventions, such as climate change, over exploitation, and pollution, and will help us better understand and plan for the impacts of those changes.

Moderator Craig McLean, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Bronte Tilbrook, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Mrs. Nelly Florida Riama, Indonesian Agency for Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), Indonesia
Sarah Purkey, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
David Millar, Fugro, IHO General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) Project
Vladimir Ryabinin, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO 

Kalakaua Ballroom

A series of short presentations covering global networks, robotic systems, critical ocean variables, and thematic approaches will provide a glimpse into the many amazing accomplishments in these fields over the last decade. Going forward, the opportunities range from more integrated and comprehensive observing systems to globally shared and interoperable data systems. Presentations will analyze the growth of capacities around ocean observing, data flow, and use, as well as sharing of infrastructures. Presentations will also examine whether this growing, more complex system might benefit from innovation of global, regional, and local governance arrangements.

Introduction Tony Lee, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Citizen Science ●  Folasade Adeboyejo, EcoHub Initiative
Argo ●  Toshio Suga, Tohoku University
Gliders Emma Heslop, Global Ocean Observing System & JCOMM Observations Coordination Group
Deep Ocean  Lisa Levin, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Seabed Mapping  Larry Mayer, University of New Hampshire
Marine Genomics Jesse Ausubel, The Rockefeller University
Sea Level Rise Anny Cazenave, National Centre for Space Studies
TPOS2020 Weidong Yu, National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center

Kalakaua Ballroom

This moderated session will focus on the overarching achievements of ocean observing in the past decade and what they mean for the future. Each talk will address progress and prospects across the OceanObs’19 themes: Information, Integration, Innovation, Interoperability, and Governance.

Introduction  Margaret Leinen, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Juliet Hermes, South African Environmental Observation Network
Melissa Iwamoto, Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System
Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Asahiko Taira, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
John Gunn, University of Tasmania 

Kalakaua Ballroom

This kupaianaha (wonderful, amazing) event will celebrate how local and indigenous communities can teach the ocean observing community how to set the pace for innovative marine resource management. In addition to remarks from key leaders, it will include a traditional chant, hula, conch blowing and a performance by award-winning local vocalist and Grammy nominee Raiatea Helm and her band.

Rooftop Garden 

Following the special event, conference delegates and paid guests are invited to congregate on the Convention Center’s Rooftop Garden for a reception, sponsored in part by Saildrone, with tropical drinks, beer, wine, food, music, and remarks from the ocean observing community.

Kamehameha Exhibit Hall

Kalakaua Ballroom

Introduction and Flow of the Conference ●  Sabrina Speich, École Normale Supérieure and Chris Sabine, University of Hawaii
Keynote 
Prince Albert II of Monaco (Video)

Kalakaua Ballroom

Drawing from the collective knowledge of the Community White Papers, recommendations, and session proposals, this plenary will examine the push and pull of ocean information and define critical aspects of collecting, disseminating, and utilizing it. Our speakers will address user needs as well as shaping collection methods and accessible data products to better serve the entire ocean observing community and society.

Introduction and Community White Paper Overview  Minhan Dai, Xiamen University and Monica Muelbert, Universidade Federal de São Paulo
Lixin Wu, Qingdao National Laboratory for Maine Science and Technology
Pierre-Yves LeTraon, Mercator-Ocean
Ana Micaela Martins Sequeira, University of Western Australia
Mark Hindell, University of Tasmania 

Kalakaua Ballroom

This panel will investigate the opportunities and challenges of transforming and delivering ocean observing data into practical information. Speakers will draw from perspectives from around the world and different levels of capabilities in addition to the intergovernmental view of how modern networks of ocean information can enhance science and society over the next decade. Our panelists will converse with the community on their experiences working with ocean observing data and communication systems.

Moderator Laura Lorenzoni, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Susan Wijffels, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Mike Fedak, University of St Andrews
Lauren Weatherdon, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Maria Paz Chidichimo, National Scientific and Technical Research Council

Special Sessions are town hall-style events that focus on unique ocean observing topics and offer the opportunity to take a deeper dive into important topics identified as a priority by our sponsors.

  • Ocean Observations and the Blue Economy Australian Institute of Marine Science and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research OrganisationRoom 319 A/B
  • A sustainable fit-for-purpose ocean observing system – responding to users needs European CommissionRoom 316B
  • End Users Engagement: A Perspective from China Chinese Sponsors GroupRoom 317A
  • Design and Implementation of a Global Harmful Algal Bloom Observing System Scripps Institution of OceanographyRoom 323C
  • An Ocean of Data: NOAA’s Roles in Marine Extreme Events and Hazards National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationRoom 323 A/B

For session descriptions, click here. 

Breakout Sessions are a core component of the OceanObs’19 conference, designed to provide a focused discussion forum for the community. Topical sessions organized by daily theme will aim to generate feedback on the conference themes and goals, recommendations to improve global ocean observing governance, and a vision for the next decade of ocean information.

  • Blue Economy and Sustainable Development Claire Jolly, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and DevelopmentRoom 317A
  • Capacity Building Brian Arbic, University of Michigan; Alexis Valauri-Orton, The Ocean FoundationRoom 318A
  • Climate Change and Variability Karina von Schuckmann, Mercator Ocean InternationalRoom 316A
  • Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity Maury Estes, University of Alabama in HuntsvilleRoom 316B
  • Global Observing System for Marine Debris Francois Galgani, IFREMERRoom 323C
  • Integrated Ocean Observations I Jack Barth, Oregon State University; Artur Palacz, Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences; Kim Currie, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research; Meghan Cronin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Eitarou Oka, The University of Tokyo; Patricia Miloslavich, University of Tasmania and Universidad Simón Bolívar Kalakaua Ballroom 
  • Ocean, Weather, and Climate Forecasting Eric Chassignet, Florida State UniversityRoom 316C

For session descriptions, click here. 

Kamehameha Exhibit Hall

The OceanObs’19 showcase is more than a commercial exhibit hall. A mixture of interactive observation exhibits, Ocean of Opportunity poster sessions, Hawaiian happy hours, ocean photobooths, and scientific talks will expand the network of the ocean observing community and display a comprehensive vision of its collective work. Come discover something new through your own observations in the showcase.

Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 

Kalakaua Ballroom

Session leads from the previous day will report out on their key recommendations. Audience members will have the opportunity to opt-in to recommendations virtually through the conference software.

  • Tuesday Plenary, Panel, and Special Session Minhan Dai, Xiamen University and Monica Muelbert, Universidade Federal de São Paulo
  • Blue Economy and Sustainable Development Claire Jolly, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Capacity Building Brian Arbic, University of Michigan; Alexis Valauri-Orton, The Ocean Foundation
  • Climate Change and Variability Karina von Schuckmann, Mercator Ocean International
  • Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity Maury Estes, University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Global Observing System for Marine Debris Francois Galgani, IFREMER
  • Integrated Ocean Observations I Jack Barth, Oregon State University; Artur Palacz, Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences; Kim Currie, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research; Meghan Cronin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Eitarou Oka, The University of Tokyo; Patricia Miloslavich, University of Tasmania and Universidad Simón Bolívar
  • Ocean, Weather, and Climate Forecasting Eric Chassignet, Florida State University

Kalakaua Ballroom

Novel innovation is the cornerstone of all societal advancement. This plenary will examine how we spur innovation in observing technologies, products, and user services. Our speakers will discuss new developments and practices that satisfy users’ operational information needs, enable visionary new science, and meet interoperability goals.

Introduction and Community White Paper Overview  Justin Manley, Just Innovation Inc. and Moninya Roughan, MetOceanSolutions (Metservice)
Wendy Watson-Wright, Ocean Frontier Institute
Marlon Lewis, Dalhousie University
Jyotika Virmani, XPRIZE
Special Announcement: Daniel Simmons, U.S. Department of Energy and Nicole LeBoeuf, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Kalakaua Ballroom 

This panel will highlight recent and needed innovations in science, technology, and economics that may have a major influence on the direction of ocean observations and a global observing system. Panelists will provide fresh perspectives on the fundamental and imperative changes coming in the next decade of ocean observing.

Moderator Justin Manley, Just Innovation Inc. and Moninya Roughan, MetOceanSolutions (Metservice)
Riley Hathaway, Young Ocean Explorers
Tim Janssen, SoFar Ocean
Roger Hine, Jupiter Foundation
Vicki Ferrini, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Special Sessions are town hall-style events that focus on unique ocean observing topics and offer the opportunity to take a deeper dive into important topics identified as a priority by our sponsors.

  • How Research Institutions Will Enable Innovation for the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) Over the Next Decade Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and TechnologyRoom 323A/B
  • NASA’s Oceanography from Space National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationRoom 319A/B
  • Innovation in ocean observing platforms and infrastructure University of Hawaii–Room 316B
  • Powering the Blue Economy: Energy Innovation for Ocean Observations U.S. Department of EnergyRoom 317A
  • Incorporating environmental DNA into global ocean observing systems: Opportunities and Challenges Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research InstituteRoom 323C

For session descriptions, click here. 

Breakout Sessions are a core component of the OceanObs’19 conference, designed to provide a focused discussion forum for the community. Topical sessions organized by daily theme will aim to generate feedback on the conference themes and goals, recommendations to improve global ocean observing governance, and a vision for the next decade of ocean information.

  • Community Building and Dialogue Jonathan White, Consortium for Ocean Leadership–Room 323C
  • Integrated Ocean Observations II ● Eitarou Oka, The University of Tokyo; Patricia Miloslavich, University of Tasmania and Universidad Simón Bolívar; Jack Barth, Oregon State University; Artur Palacz, Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences; Kim Currie, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research; Meghan Cronin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration–Room 316A
  • Modeling and Assimilation Innovation Andrea Storto, Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation; Santha Akella, National Aeronautics and Space Administration–Room 323A/B
  • Observing Technology Innovation-Platforms and CommunicationsDana Manalang, University of Washington; Jeff Ellen, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency–Room 319A/B
  • Observing Technology Innovation-Sensors Rosemary Morrow, Center for Topographic studies of the Ocean and Hydrosphere–Room 316B
  • Open Source Software Revolution Chelle Gentemann, Earth and Space Research–Room 317A
  • UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development Vladimir Ryabinin, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO–Room 316C

For session descriptions, click here. 

Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 

The OceanObs’19 showcase is more than a commercial exhibit hall. A mixture of interactive observation exhibits, Ocean of Opportunity poster sessions, Hawaiian happy hours, ocean photobooths, and scientific talks will expand the network of the ocean observing community and display a comprehensive vision of its collective work. Come discover something new through your own observations in the showcase.

Kamehameha Exhibit Hall

Kalakaua Ballroom 

Session leads from the previous day will report out on their key recommendations. Audience members will have the opportunity to opt-in to  recommendations virtually through the conference software.

  • Wednesday Plenary, Panel, and Special Session Justin Manley, Just Innovation Inc. and Moninya Roughan, MetOceanSolutions (Metservice)
  • Community Building and Dialogue Jonathan White, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
  • Integrated Ocean Observations II ● Eitarou Oka, The University of Tokyo; Patricia Miloslavich, University of Tasmania and Universidad Simón Bolívar; Jack Barth, Oregon State University; Artur Palacz, Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences; Kim Currie, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research; Meghan Cronin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Modeling and Assimilation Innovation Andrea Storto, Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation; Santha Akella, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Observing Technology Innovation-Platforms and CommunicationsDana Manalang, University of Washington; Jeff Ellen, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • Observing Technology Innovation-Sensors Rosemary Morrow, Center for Topographic studies of the Ocean and Hydrosphere
  • Open Source Software Revolution Chelle Gentemann, Earth and Space Research
  • UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development Vladimir Ryabinin, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

Kalakaua Ballroom 

Interconnecting and balancing the moving parts of the system, this plenary will inspect the equilibrium in addressing user and operator needs, capabilities, and knowledge worldwide. Our speakers will examine how they share ocean observing information from their sectors among both existing and potential users, as well as how our community can enhance access and benefits between regions and nations by engaging new actors and facilitating a more balanced transfer of information and technology.

Introduction and Community White Paper Overview  Jan Newton, Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems and John Siddorn, Met Office UK
Tim Moltmann, Integrated Marine Observing System
Claire Jolly, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Bennet Atsu Foli, University of Ghana
Kitty Simonds, Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

Kalakaua Ballroom

This panel will identify improvements for the governance of a global ocean observing system, including advocacy, funding, and alignment with best practices, and designate responsibility for product definition, including production and timely delivery at the appropriate scales (global, basin, regional, national) to serve user needs. Our speakers will also examine the mechanisms for improvement at their respective levels of governance.

Moderator Katy Hill, World Meteorological Organization
Patricia Miloslavich, University of Tasmania and Universidad Simón Bolívar
Caine Taiapa, Manaaki Te Awanui Charitable Trust
Dick Schaap, Ocean Data Interoperability Platform
Toste Tanhua, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Special Sessions are town hall-style events focusing on a variety of unique ocean observing topics and an opportunity to take a deeper dive into important topics identified as a priority by our sponsors.

  • Building an international Transparent Ocean Community Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Centre for Southern Hemisphere Ocean Research–Room 317A
  • Fostering an Ocean-Literate Generation: an Approach at the Interface of Science Outreach and Communication Institut de la Mer de Villefranche, IMEV–Room 323A/B
  • Ocean Partnerships for Sustained Observing Consortium for Ocean Leadership–Room 319A/B
  • Observing Needs in the Deep Ocean Scripps Institution of Oceanography and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration–Room 316B
  • Indigenous Ocean Governance Ocean Networks Canada–Room 323C

For session descriptions, click here.

Breakout Sessions are a core component of the OceanObs’19 conference, designed to provide a focused discussion forum for the community. Topical sessions organized by daily theme will aim to generate feedback on the conference themes and goals, recommendations to improve global ocean observing governance, and a vision for the next decade of ocean information.

  • Arctic Observing Molly McCammon, Alaska Ocean Observing System; Sandy Starkweather, US Arctic Observing Network and Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks–Room 316C
  • Data Integration with User Products Jessica Hausman, National Aeronautics and Space Administration–Room 316B
  • Governance Needs Toste Tanhua, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel–Room 317A
  • Integrated Ocean Observations III Patricia Miloslavich, University of Tasmania and Universidad Simón Bolívar; Jack Barth, Oregon State University; Artur Palacz, Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences; Kim Currie, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research; Meghan Cronin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Eitarou Oka, The University of Tokyo;–Room 316A
  • Ocean Best Practices Jay Pearlman, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers–Room 319A/B
  • Traditional Knowledge Building Jörn Schmidt, Kiel Marine Science at Kiel University–Room 318B
  • Uncertainty Quantification Aneesh Subramanian, University of Colorado, Boulder; Kyla Drushka, University of Washington; Shane Elipot, University of Miami–Room 323C
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals Paul DiGiacomo, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration–Room 323A/B

For session descriptions, click here. 

Kamehameha Exhibit Hall

The OceanObs’19 showcase is more than a commercial exhibit hall. A mixture of interactive observation exhibits, Ocean of Opportunity poster sessions, Hawaiian happy hours, ocean photobooths, and scientific talks will expand the network of the ocean observing community and display a comprehensive vision of its collective work. Come discover something new through your own observations in the showcase.

Hilton Hawaiian Village

Details to come!

Kalakaua Ballroom 

Session leads from the previous day will report out on their key recommendations. Audience members will have the opportunity to opt-in to recommendations virtually through the conference software.

  • Thursday Plenary, Panel, and Special Session Jan Newton, Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems and John Siddorn, Met Office UK
  • Arctic Observing Molly McCammon, Alaska Ocean Observing System; Sandy Starkweather, US Arctic Observing Network and Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks
  • Data Integration with User Products Jessica Hausman, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Governance Needs Toste Tanhua, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
  • Integrated Ocean Observations III Patricia Miloslavich, University of Tasmania and Universidad Simón Bolívar; Jack Barth, Oregon State University; Artur Palacz, Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences; Kim Currie, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research; Meghan Cronin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Eitarou Oka, The University of Tokyo
  • Ocean Best Practices Jay Pearlman, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Traditional Knowledge Building Jörn Schmidt, Kiel Marine Science at Kiel University
  • Uncertainty Quantification Aneesh Subramanian, University of Colorado, Boulder; Kyla Drushka, University of Washington; Shane Elipot, University of Miami
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals Paul DiGiacomo, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Kalakaua Ballroom

After meeting throughout the conference to collect information and discuss their priorities, groups from the early career ocean observing community will present the perspectives of future users and observers. The panel will report on the content and ideas emerging from OceanObs’19 and their own vision of the next decade and beyond.

Moderator Ruth Perry, Shell Exploration and Production
Kerstin Forsberg, Planeta Océano
Michael Vegh, Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance
Sheku Sei, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Science
Samuel Wang, Xiamen University
Karina Khazmutdinova, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Erin Satterthwaite, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis & Future Earth
Clarisse Sullivan, University of Hawaii

Kalakaua Ballroom 

Members of the Program Committee will articulate the near-term actions to implement the recommendations from the conference and explore opportunities to bring together existing and newly-formed groups from the ocean observing community.

Moderator   Sabrina Speich, École Normale Supérieure 
Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Moninya Roughan, MetOceanSolutions (Metservice)
Justin Manley, Just Innovation Inc.
Jan Newton, Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems
Tony Lee, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Monica Muelbert, Universidade Federal de São Paulo

Kalakaua Ballroom 

Key sponsors will articulate the long-term commitments across the major themes of the conference. They will agree to adopting key new principles and recommendations generated at OceanObs’19 to improve the governance of a Global Ocean Observing System; including advocacy, funding, and best practices. The panel will also present steps for aligning the outcomes of OceanObs’19 with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

Moderator Albert Fischer, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO 
Minhan Dai, Xiamen University
Liesl Hotaling, Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence – Networked Ocean World
Margaret Leinen, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
David Legler, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Andreea Strachinescu, European Commission
John Gunn, University of Tasmania
Tarron Lamont, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

Conference Themes

These societal benefit themes will be examined by their relationship to Ocean Observing and how information products can be best supported through the observing system themes. OceanObs ’19 will be focusing on seven vital themes: Discovery, Ecosystem Health & Biodiversity, Climate Variability & Change, Water Food & Energy Security, Pollution & Human Health, Hazards & Maritime Safety, and Blue Economy. The three overarching themes are Data & Information Systems, Ocean System Governance, and Observing Technologies & Networks. The themes will all connect to the conference objectives.

CONFERENCE AT-A-GLANCE