Check out the side events and workshops occurring during OceanObs’19! This list will continue to grow as more events are finalized and submitted.

The link to submit your event can be found at the bottom of the page!

Friday, September 13

EVENT: NSF EarthCube Workshop for Ocean Time Series Data (September 13-15, 2019)

  • Data synthesis and modeling efforts across ocean time-series represents an important and necessary step forward in broadening our view of a changing ocean and improving our return on investment in ocean time-series. Despite the advances achieved over the past decade, significant barriers remain that hinder work across time-series, including issues related to data access, discoverability, and metadata reporting. Furthermore, incorporation of ocean time series data into ocean and earth system models is currently limited due to the lack of a standardized data format and user interface.

    Scope and Goals: To begin addressing this problem, the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program ( is convening a small workshop with funding from NSF EarthCube in September 2019 (in conjunction with OceanObs19). The objective of the workshop is to conduct a gap analysis to identify missing data infrastructure that would increase time series data availability and use. This workshop will provide a much-needed forum for discussion of key issues and barriers surrounding data discovery, access, and interoperability. Participants will strategize a path forward on the development of a common framework for shipboard ocean time series data and metadata reporting, and data management resources.

    The overarching objective of this workshop is to move the shipboard ocean time series community toward a Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (“FAIR”) model. Topics of discussion will include (but are not limited to) the following ocean time series cyber-infrastructure challenges:

    • Establishing a common data model for reporting core time series variables (e.g., definitions, vocabulary, units, precision, associated errors, etc.)
    • Establishing standardized metadata reporting guidelines and required fields to facilitate data discovery and re-use
    • Improving interoperability among different databases/portals
    • Mechanisms to streamline and simplify data submission to oceanographic data management entities (e.g., automation of the time-series data acquisition/upload process)
    • Vision and framework for a dedicated time-series data interface that also includes user-friendly visualization and computation options
    • Meeting the needs of a broader range of users for data synthesis and information products emerging from ocean time-series
    • Application of unique identifiers (such as DOIs) to data sets to enable citation and crediting of data providers

    This workshop will be limited to ~30-40 people to ensure productive discussions that help us accomplish these goals. If you are interested in contributing to this workshop, please apply here by July 19.

    Do you generate, use, or manage ocean time series data? In preparation for this workshop, we have developed a short survey to better understand the data challenges and needs of the ocean time series community. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Your feedback will help shape future cyber-infrastructure for ocean time series.

  • Sept 13-15 09oo AM-1500 PM
  • University Of Hawai’i

Saturday, September 14

EVENT: Introduction to Python for Oceanographers

  • This hands-on course will use common oceanographic research analyses to demonstrate Python capabilities. The workshop will introduce oceanographers to Python programming and reproducible research using Jupyter Notebooks, Git, software citations, and cloud computing. The course is open to anyone. There is no cost for the workshop.

  • 09oo AM-1500 PM
  • Hawaii Imin International Conference Center

EVENT: Pre-conference workshop: Marine Megafauna Task Team (MMTT) //DAY 1

  • Global initiative to coordinate and integrate marine megafauna data in the ocean observing toolkit.

  • 09oo AM-1700 PM
  • Prince Waikiki Palolo Room

Sunday, September 15

EVENT: 6th F2F meeting of the Science Committee of the Global Ocean Ship-based Hydrographic Investigations Program (GO-SHIP)

  • GO-SHIP brings together scientists with interests in physical oceanography, the carbon cycle, marine biogeochemistry and ecosystems, and other users and collectors of hydrographic data to develop a globally coordinated network of sustained hydrographic sections as part of the global ocean/climate observing system. The GO-SHIP SC provides scientific leadership and oversight for the development and implementation of the decadal global survey of hydrographic sections operated by national research institutions.

  • 0830 AM
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village 

EVENT: Pre-conference workshop: Marine Megafauna Task Team (MMTT) //DAY 2

  • Global initiative to coordinate and integrate marine megafauna data in the ocean observing toolkit.

  • 09oo AM-1700 PM
  • Prince Waikiki Palolo Room

EVENT: OceanObs’19 Early Career Event

  • This four-hour event will empower the next generation of ocean observing leaders through curated mentorship, expert talks, and social interaction. There will be additional opportunities to engage throughout the conference – more details TBA.

  • 1200 PM
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village

Monday, September 16


Tuesday, September 17

EVENT: The European Earth Observation Program Copernicus and its Marine Service

  • The European Earth Observation Program Copernicus and its Marine Service

  • 1700 PM-1800 PM
  • Hawai‘i Convention Center: Room 303AB

EVENT: Ocean observations for the Commonwealth

  • TBD

  • 1800 PM
  • TBD

EVENT: Celebrating 20 Years of IOOS: Toasting to the Past, Present, and Future of Ocean Observing

  • You are invited to join us as we celebrate 20 years of the U.S Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) . The celebration and reception will take place on September 17, 2019 at 6:30pm on the lawn of the Waikiki Aquarium. Hosted by the IOOS Association, U.S. IOOS, and PacIOOS, the event is being held in conjunction with OceanObs’19: An Ocean of Opportunity.

  • 1830 PM
  • Waikiki Aquarium

Wednesday, September 18

EVENT: OceanObs19 Side Meeting: Enhancing biological observing capacity of ocean programs and platforms

  • While the oceanographic community has made great strides over the past couple of decades in developing physical and biogeochemical observing capacity, a more holistic understanding of marine ecosystem function and change is still needed. This community is now developing sensors, instruments, platforms, and systems that could make large-scale and long-term ocean biological/ecological observation possible in the future. Advances in imaging, acoustic measurement, and genomic sensing show great promise for the future. Although each approach is in a different stage of maturity, there is great enthusiasm within the communities for investment to develop these capabilities. These observations of life in the sea complement and integrate with physical and biogeochemical observations, and together will provide a more comprehensive understanding of the ocean. Join us to discuss the status of phytoplankton and other biological/ecological observing capabilities and strategize near-term opportunities to implement biological/ecological sampling via existing shipboard programs (e.g., GO-SHIP, GEOTRACES, etc.) and autonomous platforms (e.g., Biogeochemical-Argo floats), including associated logistical and budgetary challenges. We hope to identify bio/eco observing technology that is at the appropriate readiness level for large-scale test deployment, as well as short-term, cost-effective opportunities for test deployments via existing programs/platforms. While we have platforms and programs in mind, the expertise and interests of attendees will help shape the discussions at the meeting. If you plan to attend this side meeting, please fill out this 2-minute form to tell us about your specific interests:

    Relevant background information: Lombard, F., Boss, E., et al., 2019. Globally Consistent Quantitative Observations of Planktonic Ecosystems, Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, 196, doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00196.

    Organizers: Heather Benway (OCB Program), Emmanuel Boss (Univ. Maine), Rik Wanninkhof (NOAA/AOML), Lynne Talley (SIO), Kenneth Johnson (MBARI)

  • 1530-1700 PM
  • Hawai‘i Convention Center: Room 304A

EVENT: All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System AtlantOS Meeting

  • Developing a program to integrate of existing observing networks and system in the Atlantic Ocean and their connections to the adjacent seas and polar oceans. In this side event we highlight the ambition of the AtlantOS programme to connect and extend current efforts to build an All-Atlantic Ocean Observation system. We propose to build on the early successes of the AtlantOS strategy and discuss how this framework can most effectively be turned into implementation actions. What new capacities are needed? And how best to connect seamlessly to the Arctic Ocean, the Southern Ocean and bordering seas of the Atlantic. Particular emphasis will be given to ongoing activities and emerging new implementation actions.

  • 1800 PM
  • Hawai‘i Convention Center: Room 305AB

EVENT: Breaking Waves, Breaking Barriers: Celebrating Women’s Instrumental Role in Ocean Science, Leadership, and Mentorship

  • This event will bring together ocean scientists from across the globe to discuss the important role women have served in shaping oceanography. As part of the OceanObs’19 conference week, this event will include a discussion and reception as we pay tribute to great women scientists and inspire the future generations for a more inclusive, robust, and forward-leaning discipline.

    • Opening Address:
      • Wendy Schmidt, Schmidt Ocean Institute, USA
    • Panelists:
      • Barb Kirkpatrick, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System of the Integrated Ocean Observation System, USA
      • Karen Helen Wiltshire, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
      • Juliet Hermes, South African Environmental Observation Network, South Africa
    • Moderator:
      • Rosie Alegado, University of Hawaii, USA

    In addition to these prominent women sharing their vibrant stories of mentorship and leadership, this event will invite ambassadors to act as the reception hosts.

    “Breaking Waves, Breaking Barriers” Event Planning Committee:

    • Carlie Wiener, Schmidt Ocean Institute
    • Allison Miller, Schmidt Ocean Institute
    • Emily Smith, NOAA Ocean Observations and Monitoring Division
    • Dina Eparkhina, European Global Ocean Observing System
    • Melissa Iwamoto, Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System
    • Kruti Desai, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
    • Lin Feng, First Institute of Oceanography
  • 1800 PM-2030 PM
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village
  • Register by August 18

Thursday, September 19

EVENT: “Accepted!” “Request revisions.” … or “Rejected!” – a Frontiers for Young Minds Live Review

  • Today, and especially within the context of #FridaysForFuture or #YouthForClimate, it seems more important than ever to scientifically inform the young people and, as ocean-literate individuals, give them a voice.

    In a moderated live event, scientists have written and submitted articles to Frontiers for Young Minds will be invited to present their work in front of a panel of young reviewers (kids and teens at the ages of 8-15) who will ask questions and give feedback.
    Aiming to propose science-based outreach of specific OceanObs19 topics to a non-scientific audience, this event may also showcase an original way as an example of outreach to the scientific community.

    Moderator: Hedwig Ens, Frontiers for Young Minds

  • 1530 PM
  • Hawai‘i Convention Center: Room 302AB

Friday, September 20


Saturday, September 21



OceanObs’19 will be utilizing all of the space at the Hawaii Convention Center during the conference dates with no additional space reserved before or after the conference for additional side meetings. If you would like to secure a space for your own side workshop/meeting, contact one of the representatives and mention that you are a part of the OceanObs’19 Conference. Each venue is capable of providing catering, AV and space for your meeting. Please make arrangements to pay any expenses that the group will incur for these meetings, directly to the venue.


Joanna Hall, Hawaii Convention Center

Sheila Newman, Hilton Hawaiian Village

Kim Gallagher, Prince Waikiki

Michele Mendez, Ala Moana


OceanObs’19 will be compiling and advertising a list of side events and workshops occurring during the conference. To add your event to the list, please submit any information you would like to make public.