The 15-member CeNCOOS Governing Council meets about twice a year to discuss the organization’s structure and vision and to provide guidance to the Program Director. The Council is elected by CeNCOOS members, serve three-year terms and are located throughout central and northern California at various agencies and institutions.
Central program staff includes the Program Director, Program Manager, Information Manager and Product Developer who work out of the CeNCOOS office at MBARI in Moss Landing, California.
Individuals who contribute to the observing system, analysis of the data and the development of products are CeNCOOS investigators. This is an informal designation that is conferred and updated by the CeNCOOS staff with oversight from the Executive Committee. Most but not all investigators are supported by CeNCOOS grants either via sub-awards to their institution or via awards to their institution that includes a CeNCOOS work component. CeNCOOS investigators are expected to represent CeNCOOS externally and respond to requests for input, contribute to the scientific progress of CeNCOOS and participate in the annual meeting, grant-writing, and other CeNCOOS investigator activities.