In October, 2007, CeNCOOS hired an executive director who now charts the organization's direction, leads implementation of the Strategic Plan, develops funding sources and supervises staff. Previously, all daily operations were organized by a CeNCOOS Coordinator, who now concentrates on end user engagement and partner coordination to meet ocean information needs. CeNCOOS also currently employs a webmaster and OceanObs database administrator. Our most recent hiring, in October, 2008, is a product developer who will utiliize current and future data streams to design and implement web-based and offline products as directed by the CeNCOOS team.
CeNCOOS community elects the 15-member Governing Council for a minimum one-year term, providing overall guidance directly to the CeNCOOS Program Director and Coordinator. Members are allowed to stay on past the one-year term if the council deems this appropriate. Each year, at least four members leave the council and are replaced, through an election process involving nominating candidates from around the region. Previously, a Steering Committee provided overall guidance and oversaw the coordination grant proposal submitted to NOAA's Coastal Services Center.
The Council meets bi-annually to discuss the structure and vision of CeNCOOS. The Council acted to create the subdivisions described below:
A five-member subset of the Council, the executive committee acts as Council representatives who can be called upon by the Program Director and Coordinator to make quick decisions that do not require input from the entire Council. View a list of Executive Committee members elected in January 2011.
Joint Strategic Advisory Committee (JSAC)
Representatives from government agencies, universities and private sector from the CeNCOOS and SCCOOS regions work together to guide the future of these two ocean observing systems. View a list of JSAC members as of April 2013.
Three Working Groups
- Marine Populations and Interannual Variability
- Water Quality and Public Health
- Marine Operations
Memorandum of Agreement Signatories
CeNCOOS partners contribute to our efforts by signing our Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). Signed members (parties) of the MOA have a number of obligations and privileges, including the right to nominate and vote for the Governance Council.
The Federation of California Regional Observing Systems
CeNCOOS closely coordinates our efforts with the other Observing System Regional Association in California, the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS), as outlined in our Memorandum of Understanding
View the CeNCOOS Executive Summary for a more detailed description of how CeNCOOS is organized, as well as our mission and goals.