Guam – President Joseph Artero-Cameron was elected to the Executive Committee of the Governing Council for the Pacific Islands Observing System (PacIOOS) during their annual meeting in Tumon Bay at the Outrigger Guam Resort on August 7-8.
“In addition to electing a new executive committee”, states PacIOOS Director Heather Kerkering, “the purpose for coming together is to review and evaluate the strengths of the PacIOOS program in order to strategically plan for and implement a successful, operational ocean observing system in the Pacific.”
PacIOOS provides timely, accurate and reliable ocean data, similar to what the National Weather Service (NWS) does for the atmosphere. Natural resource management agencies, fishermen, and the tourism industry depend on the data and information PacIOOS provides on tides, waves, currents, winds, water quality, and more to improve decision-making. In addition, the NWS Guam depends upon the wave buoys and models deployed and operated by PacIOOS for increased accuracy in their forecasts, helping protect lives and property throughout Micronesia.
PacIOOS is a partnership of data providers and users working together to enhance ocean observations and develop, disseminate, evaluate, and apply ocean data and information products designed to address the environmental, economic, and public safety needs of the stakeholders who call the Pacific Islands home.
For more information on this regional program, log on to www.pacioos.org
Joseph Flores Artero-Cameron, President
1. Department of Chamorro Affairs – a Public Non-Profit Corporation
· Office of the President
· Division of Chamorro Language and Culture
· Division of Research, Publication and Training
· Division of Guam Museum and Archives
· Division of Chamorro Village
· Division of Hagåtña Restoration and Redevelopment Authority
· Division of Guam Council of the Arts and Humanities
· Division of Guam Public Library Systems
· Division of Guam Public Broadcasting System
2. Governor of Guam’s Point of Contact for: (a) Coral Reef Conservation Programs (b) Fisheries & Oceans Matters
3. Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)
4. US Permanent Advisory Committee (USPAC)
5. Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System Governing Council (PacIOOS)
6. Guam Point of Contact/POC: (a)NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Programs (b)Guam Local Action Strategy (c)All Islands Committee (d)US Coral Reef Task Force
7. Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council
8.Guam Academy Charter Schools Council
9. Application Review Committee (ARC)/ Department of Land Management
10. Festival of Pacific Arts (FESTPAC)- Guam/Head of Delegation
11. Board of Directors for GumaMami, Inc.
12. Board of Directors for Guam Museum Foundation, Incorporated