Last updated: 15 April 2015

Terms of Reference

This council ensures that the products and services developed and shared by GCOOS are driven by the needs of end-users. Council members will be appointed by the GCOOS Board of Directors and will reflect the broad spectrum of users and stakeholders interested in the data and products of ocean observing systems. The council will have the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Identify potential new audiences for data, products and services,
  • Identify new products and services, and provide input to improve existing GCOOS data, products and services, necessary to meet the requirements of the GCOOS user community
  • Assess the usefulness of products and services to users and the effectiveness of information dissemination and delivery practices to decision makers (this should include advice on needed metrics for evaluation),
  • Make recommendations to the Board on research or pilot projects that are needed to sustain and enhance the products and services and on projects to transition to operational status, and
  • Provide advice as may be requested by the GCOOS-RA Board or other bodies.

The chairperson and other officers, as may be determined to be necessary by the Council members or the Board of Directors, will be elected by the Council members. At least one member of the Board of Directors and one member of the Outreach and Education Council shall be appointed by the Board to serve on the Products and Services Advisory Council. The chairperson and other officers will work with the chairs of the Outreach and Education Council (OEC), Data Management and Communications Committee and Observing Systems Committee DMAC to closely link the work of the committees and councils.

Sectors that might be represented on the Products and Services Advisory Council include:

  • Outreach and Education
  • Emergency Management
  • Recreational boating and fishing
  • Modeling
  • Data Tools
  • Energy
    • Oil and Gas
    • Wind Farms
  • Bathymetry/Topography/Geodetic
  • Public Health
  • Ports and Harbors
  • Recreation
  • Commercial Fishing
  • Tourism
  • Resource management/oversight, might include:
    • Sea Grant extension agents
    • NCDDC data management
    • NOAA GoM Regional Collaboration Team
    • NERRS
    • US Army Corps of Engineers
    • EPA Gulf of Mexico Program
    • State agency managers
    • NGOs

Council Members

Name Affiliation Sector State
LG Adams Weeks Bay NERR NGO AL
Ken Barbor, Chair University of Southern Mississippi Academic MS
Jorge Brenner The Nature Conservancy NGO TX
Andy Brown CSA International Private FL
Dave Donaldson Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission Regional MS
John Froeschke Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Council Regional FL
Jim Gibeaut, Vice-Chair Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies Academic TX
John Jacob Texas Sea Grant Academic TX
Dean Klevan Guy Harvey Foundation, Board Member Private FL
Jerry Madden Shreveport Sail and Power Squadron Private LA
Herb Malone Gulf Shores-Orange Beach Tourism Private AL
Andrew Reich Florida Department of Health State FL
Greg Steyer USGS Federal LA
Steve Sempier Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Academic MS
Patrick Wilson Mobile Bay Bar Pilots Association Private AL


Worth Nowlin, GCOOS-RA Board Liaison
Joe Swaykos, Education & Outreach Council Liaison
Shin Kobara, GCOOS Staff support
Chris Simoniello, GCOOS Staff support