Advancing DOOS through iDOOS

In 2021 the Deep Ocean Observing Strategy was awarded funding through the U.S. National Science Foundation through the AccelNet program (Award # 2114717) – Implementing a Deep Ocean Observing Strategy (iDOOS). This project will run from Oct. 1, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2025.

iDOOS seeks to implement an integrated, cross- disciplinary, deep-ocean observing strategy formed of existing deep-sea programs and networks to generate the knowledge required to advance ocean science. Through this program we will:

  • Connect international programs to one another and create direct lines of communication to other programs and linkages to societal needs
  • Improve collaboration, cooperation, coordination across the physical, biogeochemical and biological disciplines
  • Better integrate the modeling community to inform deep ocean observing networks about observing gaps and specific needs.
  • Develop a structure that is sustainable beyond the duration of the iDOOS project (and the UN Decade)
Download the Proposal (PDF)

Working Groups

Theme 1: Requirement Setting

  • Essential (deep) Ocean Variables
  • Coordination with Modelling Community
  • Develop and Promote Best Practices

Theme 2: Implementation

  • Create roadmaps for observers to contribute globally
  • Technology Readiness Levels
  • Demonstration Projects (Azores, CCZ, NE Pacific)

Theme 3: Translating Science

  • Raise awareness among policy-makers
  • Creation of briefs and other outreach materials
  • Represent DOOS in UN Decade activities

Cross-Cutting Themes

ECRs/DOERs Professional Development Program


  • Working Group Support
  • DOERs Trainings/Hackathon

Network of Networks

The Team

Lead PI

Patrick Heimbach

Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Project Director

Leslie Smith

President, Your Ocean Consulting, LLC

Theme 1 Working Group Co-Leads

Henry Ruhl

CeNCOOS Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Patrick Heimbach

Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Felix Janssen

Senior Scientist, Alfred Wegener Institute

Mike Vardaro

Research Scientist, University of Washington

Theme 2 Working Group Co-Leads

Adam Soule

Executive Director, Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute, URI-GSO

Simone Baumann-Pickering

Associate Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Bruce Howe

Research Professor, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Theme 3 Working Group Co-Leads

Lisa Levin

Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Kristina Gjerde

High Seas Policy Advisor, IUCN Global Marine Program

Dawn Wright

Chief Scientist, Esri

Harrier Harden-Davies

Co-Lead, Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative

Early Career Reserachers

Laura Cimoli

Postdoctoral Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Diana LaScala- Gruenewald

CeNCOOS Data Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Maria Pachiadaki

Assistant Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Brennan Phillips

Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island

Helen Pillar

Research Associate, University of University of Texas at Austin

Justin Stopa

Assistant Professor, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa