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PDC Director of Applied Science Elected to PacIOOS Governing Council


July 29, 2014

PDC’s Director of Applied Science Dr. Heather Bell (third from the right) attends the blessing and installation of a PacIOOS water quality monitoring gauge in Kihei, Maui, on July 18, 2014.

The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) is one of 11 regional observing programs that make up the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). IOOS is a multi-sector partnership that seeks to deliver data and information that decision makers can use to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect the environment. As part of IOOS, PacIOOS works to improve access to accurate, timely, and reliable products that help to ensure a safe, clean, and productive ocean and resilient coastal zones for the U.S. Pacific Islands. Better, more useful information products are generated through enhancement of the observation, modeling, data management, and outreach components of the end-to-end ocean observing system.  

The PacIOOS Governing Council is responsible for providing strategic and policy guidance to PacIOOS Director Heather Kerkering. On July 9, Pacific Disaster Center’s (PDC) Director of Applied Science Dr. Heather Bell was elected to serve as a regional member of the Governing Council for a term of three years. 

PDC Director of Applied Science and PacIOOS Governing Council Member Dr. Heather Bell.

Dr. Bell will officially begin her service at a PacIOOS Council meeting, October 6–7, in Waikiki.

To learn more about PacIOOS:
• Visit their website and read about their activities and products,
• Find them on Facebook, or
• Explore PacIOOS data in PacIOOS Voyager.

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Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) envisions a safer, more secure world—where populations live in more disaster-resilient communities informed by science and technology, and equipped with sound decision support tools. To help make that vision a reality, PDC is dedicated to supporting evidence-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts by providing actionable information and applications to the public and disaster managers worldwide. PDC, a program managed by the University of Hawaii, was established by the U.S. government in 1996.