Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) UPDATEFor more GLOS information, bookmark www.glc.org/glos
GLOS Public Survey Now Available
Collecting public input on the prospective uses for
GLOS is crucial to the establishment of a Regional Association. To
further this process, a brief survey has been prepared in
collaboration with the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and widely
distributed to Great Lakes stakeholders. The survey is now available
All responses will be shared with and considered by the GLOS
Steering Committee as the business plan is finalized over the next
Business Plan Development
Work is continuing on the GLOS Business Plan,
currently under internal review. The business plan, to be delivered
to OCEAN.US by October 2004, will outline current user needs,
available information resources, the operational characteristics of
an integrated regional system, governance for the Regional
Assocation, and funding mechanisms to sustain data collection.
The business plan will be forwarded to the GLOS Steering
Committee for review prior to its next meeting: August 24-25 in Ann
Arbor, Mich. In September, the plan will be released for wider
It is anticipated that the GLOS Regional
Association will be chartered in 2005 along with adoption of
partnership agreements between agencies, organizations and
institutions. Continued development of GLOS in 2004-05 has been
secured by the Great Lakes Commission through a subsequent grant
from the NOAA Coastal Services Center. A proposal for Year Three
funding will be submitted by Oct. 1, 2004. Funding beyond 2005 will
come from IOOS federal appropriations or earmarks.
Two bills were recently introduced in the House.
H.R. 5001 authorizes an IOOS system and regional associations for
implementation along with extensive funding beginning in FY 2006.
H.R. 5001 is the companion legislation to S.1400, the Ocean and
Coastal Observation Systems Act.
HR 4900: To
establish a national policy for our oceans, to strengthen the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to establish a
National Oceans Council, and for other purposes. Introduced by Jim
Greenwood (R-PA) on 7/22/04. For text of bill, co-sponsors, status
and more, visit http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:h.r.04900:
HR 5001: To establish a pilot program to develop a
comprehensive system of ocean and coastal observations for the
Nation's oceans, coasts and Great Lakes, including enhanced security
at U.S. ports, and for other purposes. Introduced by Curt Weldon
(R-PA) on 7/22/04. For text of bill, co-sponsors, status and more,
Hearings on these bills are pending.
This Update is prepared by the GLOS secretariat as
a service to the GLOS Steering Committee, Regional Interest Group
and all other interested parties. Refer to www.glc.org/glos for more
information on GLOS activities and milestones.