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
  • Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

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
  • Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

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: NASA HyperWall Science Stories //DAY1

EVENT: A Sea of Opportunity in the Gulf and Beyond //DAY1

  • Please join us for a series of talks and conversation highlighting the conference theme of Information as we celebrate important contributions to the Gulf of Mexico and to the ocean observing community at large.

  • 1600 PM
  • Hawaii Convention Center: Kamehameha Exhibit Hall III: Booth 101-102A

EVENT: NOAA: Celebrate 10 Years of Ocean Exploration

  • You are cordially invited to celebrate NOAA’s achievements in ocean exploration on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. This event will take part at the NOAA Booth at the Hawaii Convention Center Kamehameha Exhibit Hall III, as a part of the OceanObs’19 Showcase. Lightning talks will take place from 4-5pm with light refreshments to be served at 5pm. Craig McLean, NOAA Research’s Assistant Administrator, is hosting this ceremony to celebrate the milestones in ocean observing in support of NOAA’s mission of science, service, and stewardship. As part of this celebration, we would like to recognize the tenth year of ocean exploration from the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer for a decade of innovative, exciting expeditions around the globe,  providing information that is critical to sustaining the economy, health, and security of our nation.

  • 1600 PM-1800 PM
  • Hawaii Convention Center: Kamehameha Exhibit Hall III

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

  • Canada has stepped forward to lead the Commonwealth Blue Charter Action Group on Ocean Observations, and through this group, proposes to advance:

      • opportunities to increase the innovation, development and deployment of ocean observational technologies;
      • accessibility of ocean observational data, knowledge and best practices;
      • international cooperation to better integrate ocean observing data, information and knowledge into policy, decisions, products and services; and meaningful progress on gender issues within the context of ocean science.

    Though there have been many important initiatives to improve and coordinate ocean observing, the data it generates, and how that data gets used, there are still many gaps in coverage, knowledge and policy adoption. This event is open to everyone, so please come join us for an overview of the Blue Charter initiative and a discussion on opportunities to shape the work of the action group and how you can get involved.

  • 1800 PM
  • Hawai‘i Convention Center: Room 301A

EVENT: Celebrating 20 Years of IOOS: Toasting to the Past, Present, and Future of Ocean Observing (Closed Event -by invitation only)

  • The U.S Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) will celebrate 20 years with a reception in the evening where we will reflect on the last two decades of IOOS and look forward to the future of ocean observing. 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
  • Additional Information: This is a closed event by invitation only. Space is limited and an RSVP is required to attend. For more information, contact

Wednesday, September 18

EVENT: NASA HyperWall Science Stories //DAY2

EVENT: A Sea of Opportunity in the Gulf and Beyond //DAY2

  • Please join us for a series of talks and conversation highlighting the conference theme of Information as we celebrate important contributions to the Gulf of Mexico and to the ocean observing community at large.

  • 1600 PM
  • Hawaii Convention Center: Kamehameha Exhibit Hall III: Booth 101-102A

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)

  • 1600-1800 PM
  • Hawai‘i Convention Center: Room 304A

EVENT: All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System AtlantOS Meeting

  • Moderator: Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR)

    In this side event, we want to discuss the value added of a new programmatic approach for an All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System (AtlantOS) to meet the needs around the basin and to support the work of the All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance initiated by the Galway Statement in 2013 and by the Belém Statement signed in 2017. This will include e.g. a view on existing observing networks and system in the Atlantic Ocean and their connections to the adjacent seas and polar oceans. It will take into account the recommendations put forward by stakeholders at the First International AtlantOS Symposium held in Paris in March 2019.

    AtlantOS will – thanks to its BluePrint process – now move from an ambitious project to an ambitious. program. We propose to build on the successes of the AtlantOS High-level strategy and discuss how this framework can most effectively be turned into actions. What capacities and resources are needed? Who will contribute? How can we best connect seamlessly such a program 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. The authors of the High-level Strategy would like to connect to the wider ocean observing community and will be confronted with the views of different operational fields and stakeholder groups as well as critical questions from the audience. Together, we will start thinking of initial implementation activities that will result in ‘a comprehensive Atlantic Ocean Observing System that benefits all of us living, working and relying on the ocean.’


    Key Notes

    • Why do we need an All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System and what implementation actions do we need?
      • Brad deYoung (MUN)
    • Would the development of operational and information products benefit from an All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System?
      • Dawn Wright (ESRI)

     Different Perspectives on AtlantOS

    • How do we expand observations of biology and ecosystems within AtlantOS?
      • Isabel Sousa Pinto (CIIMAR)
    • How do we connect to and benefit from structures in adjacent seas, the Arctic, and Southern Ocean? – An example from the Southern Ocean
      • Tarron Lamont (DEA)
    • How do we need to consider Early Career Scientists?
      • Sandra Ketelhake (KDM)
    • Would future activities benefit from AtlantOS? – EuroSEA as an example
      • Toste Tanhua (GEOMAR)

    Panel discussion moderated by Martin Visbeck with representatives from different institutions and organizations around the basin

    • Guiding questions: How can we build an All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System within 5 to 7 years that serves the societal needs from today and is adaptable to future needs? Who needs to contribute to AtlantOS and how?
    • Panel members: Craig McLean (NOAA), Maria Paz Chidichimo (CONICET and Hydrographic Service), Jose Henrique Muelbert (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande), Laura Medeiros (Environment and Climate Change Canada), Gabrielle Canonico (NOAA, US IOOS and MBON), Sophie Seeyave (GEO Blue Planet and POGO), Kelley Brumley (Fugro)

  • 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:
      • Mrs. Wendy Schmidt, Schmidt Ocean Institute, USA
    • Panelists:
      • Dr. Barb Kirkpatrick, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System of the Integrated Ocean Observation System, USA
      • Mrs. Nelly Florida Riama, Indonesian Agency for Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), Indonesia
      • Dr. Juliet Hermes, South African Environmental Observation Network, South Africa
    • Moderator:
      • Dr. 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: Coral Ballroom III
  • Register by August 18

Thursday, September 19

EVENT: NASA HyperWall Science Stories //DAY3

EVENT: A Sea of Opportunity in the Gulf and Beyond //DAY3

  • Please join us for a series of talks and conversation highlighting the conference theme of Information as we celebrate important contributions to the Gulf of Mexico and to the ocean observing community at large.

  • 1600 PM
  • Hawaii Convention Center: Kamehameha Exhibit Hall III: Booth 101-102A

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: Nina Hall, Frontiers for Young Minds

  • 1600 PM
  • Hawai‘i Convention Center: Room 302AB
  • If you are interested in potentially joining this free event, please leave your details in this form so we can keep you updated: 

Friday, September 20


Saturday, September 21