a.i. solutions


A.i. solutions is a mature small business, offering products and engineering services to enable your mission’s success. Since 1996, a.i. solutions’ proven capabilities and customized solutions have supported our nation’s defense and civilian space agencies for over 20 years.

a.i. solutions has:

  • Five convenient locations across the U.S.
  • Expert teams of engineering, science and IT professionals with depth in our core capabilities
  • ISO 9001:2008, AS9100 and CMMI-Dev ML3 certifications
  • Agility and dedicated focus of a small business, with necessary infrastructure to successfully manage larger contracts
  • Excellent ratings as both a prime and subcontractor

For more than two decades, we have developed a reputation as a reliable partner who delivers exactly what our customers require. And, because we remain focused on our core capabilities, we continually refine our approaches to design even stronger, more innovative solutions in order to exceed customer expectations. That’s why some of the most recognizable government and commercial organizations trust us with the entire lifecycle of their space missions.

AccuWeather, Inc.


AccuWeather is approaching a billion people worldwide relying on its information, forecasts and warnings to help them protect their lives and property, and get more personal value from their day. AccuWeather is a leading American weather information company whose media footprint and recognized brand is global. AccuWeather provides weather information and forecasts for more than 2.7 million locations worldwide.  Its weather information is delivered in 38 languages through mobile devices, wired and mobile websites, smart appliances, radio and television stations, and in newspapers.  Its compelling news and weather content, can be found on over 50,000 websites and media company properties throughout the United States and around the world. .AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly customized enterprise solutions to business, government, and institutions.  AccuWeather is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2012-13 with explosive growth in digital media.  The company is a founding member of the American Weather and Climate Industry Association and plays a major role in working with NOAA to ensure adequate funding and recognition for the critical infrastructure and warning roles the agency performs.  As a result of these cooperative efforts, America has the best weather information for its citizens of any country on earth.

Alliance for Earth Observations


The Alliance for Earth Observations™ is a publicly and privately funded initiative of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies to promote the understanding and use of land, air and sea observations for societal and economic benefit. Through active stakeholder engagement, the Alliance brings together those that develop the tools to monitor the planet with those that need the information to manage it and serves as a link between the private sector, the government and the general public. Our mission is to ensure the rapid and broad delivery of the most timely, comprehensive and accurate environmental information for improved decision-making.

American Association of Port Authorities


The American Association of Port Authorities is the unified voice of the seaport industry in the Americas, representing more than 130 public port authorities in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. For more than a century, AAPA membership has empowered port authorities and their maritime industry partners to serve global customers and create economic and social value for their communities. Our events, resources and partnerships connect, inform and unify seaport leaders and maritime professionals who deliver prosperity around the western hemisphere. For its U.S. members, AAPA provides compelling advocacy and effective public outreach to influence seaports’ most urgent public policy issues. Today, AAPA continues to promote the common interests of the port community, and provides critical industry leadership on security, trade, transportation, infrastructure, environmental and other issues related to port development and operations.

American Geophysical Union


The American Geophyscial Union (AGU) is an international, nonprofit scientific association supporting 130,000 enthusiasts to experts worldwide in Earth and space sciences.

Through broad and inclusive partnerships, AGU aims to advance discovery and solution science that accelerate knowledge and create solutions that are ethical, unbiased and respectful of communities and their values. AGU’s programs include serving as a scholarly publisher, convening virtual and in-person events and providing career support.

AGU was established in 1919 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. in its net zero energy renovated building.

American Geosciences Institute


The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 50 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in our profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society’s use of resources, resilience to natural hazards, and the health of the environment.

American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)


The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) scientific association dedicated to advancing the biological sciences to promote the increased understanding of all life. AIBS was formed with a vision of bringing together the organizations and individuals that advance the biological sciences to work together on matters best addressed through united action. Founded in 1947 as a part of the National Academy of Sciences, AIBS became an independent, member-governed organization in the 1950s. Today, AIBS has more than 110 member organizations and is headquartered in Herndon, VA. Staff members work to achieve its mission by publishing the peer-reviewed journal BioScience, by providing scientific peer review and advisory services to a variety of clients, and by collaborating with scientific organizations to advance public policy, education, and the public understanding of science. AIBS continues to adapt its programs to the rapid social, technological, and economic changes that are influencing the practice of the life sciences.

AIBS works with any stakeholder that advances the broad field and profession of biology. Organizations partner with us on initiatives, work with us to identify and communicate matters of common concern, and help connect us to their communities for idea and information exchange – particularly regarding public policy, education, public understanding of science, and matters of professional concern. AIBS has member societies and organizations that support our work financially. AIBS provides services to a wide variety of scientific funding groups that include government agencies, industry, private research foundations, and other non-governmental organizations.

American Rivers


American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams.  Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations.  Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide.

Through our work in five key program areas – Rivers and Global Warming, River Restoration, River Protection, Clean Water and Water Supply – American Rivers is working to protect our remaining natural heritage, undo the damage of the past and create a healthy future for our rivers and future.

American Weather and Climate Industry Association


The American Weather and Climate Industry Association (AWCIA, formerly The Commercial Weather Services Association, CWSA) is a non-profit organization whose members include leading commercial entities and prominent individuals from America’s Weather Industry.  Established in the late 1980’s, AWCIA was organized to promote cooperation and mutual support in achieving proactive solutions between all sectors within the American Weather Enterprise, highlighting the unique position of the American Weather Industry as the only private sector producer of information, services and systems related to weather.

Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography


For more than 50 years, ASLO has been a leading professional organization for researchers and educators in the field of aquatic science, working to provide for their needs at all phases of professional development. ASLO is best known for its highly rated research journals, its interdisciplinary meetings and its special symposia. The society supports increasingly important programs in public education and outreach and public policy. It strives to encourage student participation and to increase opportunities for minorities in the aquatic sciences. ASLO’s mission statement is:

ASLO fosters a diverse, international scientific community that creates, integrates and communicates knowledge across the full spectrum of aquatic sciences, advances public awareness and education about aquatic resources and research, and promotes scientific stewardship of aquatic resources for the public interest. Its products and activities are directed toward these ends.

Association of National Estuary Programs


ANEP is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible stewardship and a common vision for the preservation and restoration of our nation’s bays and estuaries. Established in 1987 by amendments to the Clean Water Act to “identify, restore, and protect nationally significant estuaries of the United States,” ANEP works with the 28 National Estuary Programs (NEPs) around the country to coordinate the national agenda and to achieve support and communication among them.

The ANEP is a trade association comprised of these 28 NEPs. It supports the local programs and serves as a unified voice for issues affecting them and the nations’ estuaries. This voluntary, community based, watershed program focuses not just on improving water quality in an estuary, but on maintaining the integrity of the whole system-its chemical, physical, and biological properties, as well as its economic, recreational, and aesthetic values.

Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities


The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  The association’s membership consists of 244 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations.

APLU works with members to expand access and improve student success to deliver the innovative workforce of tomorrow; advance and promote research and discovery to improve society, foster economic growth, and address global challenges; and build healthy, prosperous, equitable, and vibrant communities locally and globally. The association’s work is furthered by an active and effective advocacy arm that works with Congress and the administration as well as the media to advance federal policies that strengthen public universities and benefit the students they serve.

APLU undertakes a wide array of projects and initiatives along with its members and provides a forum for public higher education leaders to work collaboratively and better meet the challenges and opportunities facing public universities.  Rallying the talents, knowledge and expertise among its member institutions is critical to the association’s mission.  The APLU council structure enables university leaders with comparable titles, working in similar positions, to come together to address critical issues and expand their knowledge base within their professional area of expertise.  The association’s commission structure enables individuals, regardless of position and from multiple disciplines across the universities, to come together to address critical issues and expand their knowledge base in areas of common interest regardless of position.

Founded in 1887, APLU is North America’s oldest higher education association with member institutions in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, as well as Canada, and Mexico.  In 1963, the American Association of Land-Grant Colleges and Universities merged with the National Association of State Universities to form the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC).  On March 30, 2009, the association adopted the name, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, or APLU. In 2014, APLU welcomed a select group of public universities from Canada and Mexico as its first international members.

Atmospheric and Environmental Research

Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) provides science-based solutions to global environmental challenges. AER’s internationally renowned scientists and software engineers collaborate to transform state-of-the-art predictive science and analytical tools into practical systems that address both civilian government and defense needs for geophysical understanding, computer simulation, and forecasting. AER customers include government agencies and national laboratories, aerospace and defense contractors, and academia. Areas of expertise comprise atmospheric and environmental science, remote sensing, meteorology, oceanography, space science, climate change, and software engineering. AER, a Verisk Analytics business (Nasdaq:VRSK), was established in 1977 and is headquartered in Lexington, Mass. Visit www.aer.com.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.


Ball Aerospace is opening the nation’s aperture to innovation, performance and value.  With agility to innovate and strength to deliver, we provide the capabilities to enable a weather-ready nation.  The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications supporting national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NOAA, NASA and other U.S. government and commercial entities.



Battelle operates two applied marine sciences laboratories, providing a science-based approach to manage and protect coastal and marine systems and other water resources. The following is a set of relevant capabilities:

  • Develop, evaluate and apply methods and technologies for detecting, quantifying and characterizing changes in and the restoration of the environment including advanced mathematical models
  • Develop information systems to collect, maintain and analyze environmental data
  • Conduct vessel-based scientific sampling, monitoring and research
  • Deploy and develop sub-sea and surface technology
  • Support Marine Spatial Planning technology and implementation
  • Facilitate public participation and stakeholder coordination
  • Excel in regulatory support (NEPA, MMPA, ESA, NRDA, Clean Water, CZMA, NPDES, etc.)
  • Internationally recognized experts in analytical chemistry, wetland and coastal ecology, ecotoxicology, marine biology, modeling and remote sensing
  • Measure trace substances (organic chemicals and metals) and determine safe levels in the marine environment
  • Use satellite information and other remote sensing techniques to map, measure and model ocean activities. The information aids environmental cleanup and
  • Informs surveys of natural resources, coastal security and emergency response



BreezoMeter’s mission is to improve the health and safety of billions of people worldwide exposed to environmental hazards such as wildfires, air pollution, pollen, and more. Our Health-focused Environmental Intelligence enables the transformation of businesses and consumers to become climate-aware and climate-resilient.

CASE Consultants International

CASE Consultants International, based in Asheville, North Carolina, provides climate consulting with private, public and academic partners. We mainstream climate science into professional practice. CASE creates tailored climate services from strategic long range planning to tactical project implementation. We apply data to inform decisions in climate adaptation, mitigation and sustainability. We apply expert analyses and interdisciplinary skills to climate sensitive ventures. Our international team includes experts in urban planning, transportation, national security, data analysis, public administration, public health, project planning, communications, and media production.

City of Port Washington, W.I.

Port Washington, WI, with its touch of New England charm, is nestled on the Wisconsin shore of Lake Michigan, just north of Milwaukee. We invite you to take some time to see all we have to offer.

One of the first things you’ll see, coming down the hill to the lake, is the Art Deco lighthouse. Whether you are boating, fishing, walking on the beach or in any of the lakeside parks, this iconic symbol of the community keeps watch at the end of a half-mile long pier.
st-marys-with-yellow-flowers-2Our downtown is lakeside, and offers unique local shopping and dining destinations – all housed in historic storefronts. Explore the history, and our stories, by following a self-guided walking tour, as well as visiting our museums. The 1860 Light Station Museum shares the stories of a lighthouse keeper in the 19th century. The Port Exploreum uses 21st century technology to engage you in local and maritime history, as well as the ecology of Lake Michigan.

pic1The outdoor recreational opportunities are exceptional. The fishing is unsurpassed. Boaters love our certified Clean Marina. Bike, bird watch, run, or hike on our trails. Paddlesport enthusiasts, even surfers, love launching from our South Beach.

Plan your Lake Michigan vacation with our visitor’s resource guide for hotels, bed and breakfasts, shopping, events, farmers’ markets, lakefront festivals, and more. Once you are here, make sure to stop by the historic Pebble House Visitor Center for more information.

Coastal States Organization


The Coastal States Organization (CSO) was established in 1970 to represent the coastal states, commonwealths and territories on legislative and policy issues relating to the sound management of coastal, Great Lakes and ocean resources.  CSO represents the interests of the Governors from the thirty-five coastal states, commonwealths, and territories of the United States.

Consortium for Ocean Leadership


The Consortium for Ocean Leadership is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that represents 101 of the leading public and private ocean research and education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy. The organization also manages ocean research and education programs in areas of scientific ocean drilling, ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships.

Earth Resources Technology, Inc. (ERT)

PrintEarth Resources Technology, Inc. (ERT) is a woman-owned, high-value, science and technology company that strives to provide its government customers with innovative solutions to their scientific, engineering, environmental, and information technology challenges. Headquartered in Laurel, Maryland, ERT boasts a nationwide presence and a proud, more than 25-year history.

ERT’s staff is comprised of experienced professionals, including scientists, engineers, and specialists in the following disciplines: IT, management, education, and outreach. Much of ERT’s expertise stems from supporting the NOAA mission, performing critical efforts in the areas of remote sensing science and engineering, weather and atmospheric science and data, coastal and ocean science and data, and technology development.

Ecological Society of America


Ecological Society of America (ESA) is a professional society for ecologists engaged in all aspects of the discipline, from field work to computational modeling, teaching at all educational levels, environmental policy, communications, and more. The society has convened yearly meetings since its founding, in 1915. We are the largest community of professional ecologists, with 10,000 members worldwide, and a trusted source of ecological knowledge. ESA is committed to advancing the understanding of life on earth.

The society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organized exclusively for scientific and educational purposes to: (1) promote ecological science by improving communication among ecologists through publication of journals and holding meetings; (2) raise the public’s level of awareness of the importance of ecological science and ensure the continuing supply of new ecologists through educational and outreach activities; (3) increase the resources available for the conduct of ecological science through efforts of the membership in both the private and public sectors; and (4) ensure the appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision­-making by enhancing communication between the ecological community and policy­makers at all levels of government and the private sector; provided, however, that all of the foregoing purposed are within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law (the “Code”).

Fish for the Future Foundation


Fish for the Future Foundation was founded in 2002 and has secured IRS status as a not-for-profit organization.  Fish for the Future Foundation was establish to provide a forum for discussion of U.S. marine fisheries conservation and management, to educate the American public on the importance of sustainable fisheries and healthy ecosystems to our nation, and to assist fishing communities’ viability.

Global Science & Technology, Inc.


Headquartered in Greenbelt, Maryland, Global Science & Technology, Inc. (GST) provides service in the fields of science, engineering, Information Technology (IT), and technical support to government, industry, and academic clients.  Our major customers include NOAA, National Weather Service (NWS), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and NASA Headquarters.

GST provides system and software design, development, engineering, test and integration for enterprise architecture, having been a major developer of NOAA’s Comprehensive Large Array-Data Stewardship System (CLASS).  GST has also developed and supported programs at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and the National Mesonet, including creating the nation’s first mobile platform observing system known as MoPED (Mobile Environmental Data Platform System).  GST is heavily involved in the ProTech Satellite Domain.

GST has built a reputation for partnering through effective technology utilization focused on the customer. Our passion for innovation, tempered by years of real-world business experience, has made us a technology solution provider of choice for Government and industry.  We pride ourselves on the public and private partnerships we have built and maintained since 1991.

I. M. Systems Group, Inc.


I. M. Systems Group (IMSG) is a leading provider of innovative science and technology services to government agencies across the globe.  IMSG specializes in advising government agencies to predict, prepare for and respond to natural and manmade disasters.  We tackle complex challenges ranging from fisheries management, severe weather and sea level rise to food and water security, developing cutting edge science and technology solutions, integrating satellites, GIS and high-performance computing capabilities.

IMSG is a major partner with NOAA, providing science and technology services in many of NOAA’s line offices, including the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the National Ocean Service (NOS), the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS).

Inland Ocean Coalition


The ocean is our planet’s life support system, and its health is in crisis. We often think that to protect the ocean, you have to be near the ocean. But we all have a direct impact on the cycles of life in the ocean—no matter where we live. The changes we need to make to address the largest threats facing our seas—lowering carbon emissions, reducing plastic and other pollution, protecting our fisheries, safeguarding watersheds, promoting marine protected areas, and fighting for legislation that supports our ocean, waterways, and climate—can happen from anywhere in the world.

The Inland Ocean Coalition’s approach is unique in that we give inland communities a voice in protecting our ocean by empowering them to become ocean champions in their communities and connecting them with their legislative leaders. Our unique niche allows us to work with our chapters and supporters around the country to convey to our legislative leaders that we all have a stake in ocean protection, even if we live inland.

The Inland Ocean Coalition is working to build ocean conservation constituencies around the US. We hope you’ll join us to protect the ocean we all love.



INNOVIM, LLC, a Woman Owned Small Business since 2002, serves federal agencies including NOAA and NASA. Our expertise has its roots in Earth observation satellite system applications. We apply our space systems and atmospheric science knowledge, complemented by our expertise in systems and software engineering, data analytics, and scientific programming, to help our customers collect, process, store, and disseminate Earth environmental data to the global community.

We primarily supply customized applications to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Institute for Exploration

Located in Mystic, Connecticut, the Institute for Exploration (IFE) is dedicated to research in the aquatic sciences, especially pertaining to human and natural history in the oceans.  Working with partner institutions like the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, the National Geographic Society, NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and the Institute for Archeological Oceanography, IFE seeks to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and exploration.  Under the direction of oceanographer and explorer, Dr. Robert Ballard, IFE develops advanced deep-sea vehicle systems  to conduct this research in cooperation with other academic institutions and government agencies.  In addition to its research and engineering programs, IFE conducts regular programming consisting of exhibits, distance learning, classroom instruction, field trips, etc. to educate students and the general public about the work that’s conducted there.  An important aspect of IFE’s work is the annual expedition to such venues as the Black and Aegean Seas, the Mediterranean and the Lost City hydrothermal vent field in the Atlantic.

Integrated Systems Solutions


Integrated Systems Solutions, Inc (ISS) is a service disabled, veteran-owned small business that specializes in program management, system engineering, strategic planning, acquisition policy, information technology, and program control. The ISS staff has senior management experience in managing numerous multi-agency initiatives. Within NOAA ISS currently supports the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, the National Weather Service Aviation Weather Services Branch, Tsunami Services Branch, NOAA Chief Financial Officer and the Next Generation Air Transportation System Weather Working Group.  Over the past 2 years, ISS has experienced tremendous growth, nearly tripling in size within 12 months. The ISS team has a proven track record of success and substantial expertise working with client organizations to solve complex organization and management problems. The typical senior ISS team member has a MA/MS degree and 19 years’ experience in the field. Our approach to both client and employee relationship is based on mutual respect and trust, where we are able to work as part of a team to address individual and organizational needs. ISS is dedicated to providing process expertise, project management and “best practice” experience. Through our unique program planning process and Strategic Visual Information Mapping approach to complex situations, we are able to transfer knowledge and capabilities as a natural by-product of our involvement with a client.

International Business Sales and Service Corporation


IBSS is a trusted Woman-owned Small Business (WOSB) supporting nine IDIQs and BPAs spanning environmental sciences, information technology, and professional services. 

NOAA is our PRIORITY. For over 20 years, IBSS has embraced NOAA’s missions, delivering 24/7/365 operations and services that safeguard lives, sustain ecosystems, support economic growth and stability, and ensure our nation’s prosperity. As a prime contractor and teaming partner, IBSS has consistently demonstrated that we can deliver science- and technology-informed, mission operations-focused professional services for NOAA across multiple business lines. We lead and team effectively to offer NOAA fresh ideas and expertise to address current issues and evolving challenges and offer the contract delivery ‘ecosystem’ required to optimize IBSS team agility, performance, and efficacy – especially critical for our NOAA customers as they seek to extend value of its existing systems and implement its strategy for integrating environmentally intelligent technologies, data analytics, communications, and other expanding mission and stakeholder priorities.  

IBSS has built a broad range of core competencies through investing in training our workforce in the latest technologies, integrating CMMI L3 and ISO quality standards, and fostering an innovation-centric workplace with top talent which will provide “best in class” services to NOAA and other Federal customers.

For more information, please contact us at info@ibsscorp.com, visit our website: www.ibsscorp.com, and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

IOOS Association


The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). IOOS is a national program created to ensure the sustained observation of our nation’s coastal oceans and to develop information products from those observations to assist people in their lives and livelihoods. IOOS is both a national system and a network of regional systems.  The IOOS missions are to:

  • Develop regional associations for coastal and ocean observing to deliver scientific data and information on the nation’s oceans;
  • Promote the integration and coordination the regional systems into a integrated national system to enhance observational and predictive abilities in ocean science;
  • Develop regional programs through capacity building, exchange of technical information, and sharing of facilities and infrastructure; and
  • Educate the public about ocean observing and its importance to the nation.

IOOS Association


The IOOS Association is a national nonprofit organization established to advance US IOOS and the national coastal observation information needs. Working with the 11 Regional Associations, U.S. IOOS Program Office, NOAA federal agencies, and other partners, the Association fosters communication across the program, strengthens intra-regional relationships, and promotes integration and coordination.

Joint Ocean Commission Initiative

The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI) is a collaborative, bipartisan effort of experienced thought-leaders and ocean champions that catalyzes meaningful ocean policy reform and calls for action at the national, regional, and state levels. Among entities working on ocean and coastal policy issues, JOCI is unique in its ability to provide high level, credible, and bipartisan leadership and engagement on ocean and coastal policy issues. Among its activities, JOCI serves as a trusted advisor to key members of the Administration and Congress and brings together all sectors of the ocean community to identify urgent priorities, communicate them effectively to decision makers, and cultivate and educate ocean champions. The Joint Initiative is guided by a bipartisan Leadership Council co-chaired by The Honorable Christine Todd Whitman and the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta. To learn more visit our website www.jointoceancommission.org and follow us on Twitter @JointOceanCI.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University Earth Institute

LDEO: http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/ | CICAR: www.cicar.ei.columbia.edu/

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seeks fundamental knowledge about the origin, evolution and future of the natural world. Lamont-Doherty is a core component of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, which brings together people and tools to address some of the world’s most challenging problems from climate change and environmental degradation, to poverty, disease and the sustainable use of resources. More than 120 Ph.D. level researchers work and teach at Lamont-Doherty; 80-90 graduate students are involved in research and a growing number of undergraduates participate in summer internships. Lamont-Doherty also operates a federally-funded research ship, the Marcus G. Langseth, which uses seismic data to map the sub-seafloor, highlighting hidden faults and other earthquake hazards.

Since its founding in 1949, Lamont-Doherty has been a leader in the earth sciences. Its scientists were the first to map the seafloor and develop a computer model that could predict an El Nino weather event, the first to provide concrete proof for the theory of plate tectonics and to reveal the oceans’ role in triggering abrupt climate change. With each year, our understanding of earth improves. Yet, new discoveries await us. It is that next insight on the horizon that keeps our researchers excited to learn more about how and why earth changes as it does.

Lewis Burke Associates

Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC is a leading government relations firm specializing in advocating for the public policy interests of institutions of higher education and other research and education organizations. Within the Friends of NOAA, Lewis-Burke represents the many priorities relevant to the external research community including on budget and NOAA policy issues. More information about Lewis-Burke and the climate practice can be found here.

Marine Conservation Institute


Marine Conservation Institute is a leader in the global movement to protect and recover the integrity of vast ocean areas. We use the latest science to identify important marine ecosystems around the world, and then advocate for their protection, for us and future generations.

Marine Conservation Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving our living oceans.  We work with scientists, politicians, government officials and other organizations around the world to protect essential ocean places and the wild species in them.

Our goal is maintaining and recovering bountiful, diverse and healthy oceans now and for generations to come.  We understand that marine ecosystems are essential for human survival, wealth and well-being.  Because the oceans are the Earth’s biggest life support system, everyone has a big stake in maintaining their integrity.

Marine Conservation Institute identifies the most important and vulnerable ocean ecosystems, then advocates for protecting them.  We identify key threats to places in the sea and then offer workable solutions to solve problems.  We base all of our efforts on the latest understanding of marine science.  And we benefit from decades of experience in conservation policy.

Marine Fish Conservation Network


For the last two decades the Marine Fish Conservation Network has united fishermen, conservationists, scientists and citizens around a shared mission: saving and revitalizing wild ocean fisheries. The Network advances national policies to achieve healthy oceans and productive fisheries for the benefit of all who rely on them for food, work or recreation.

National Association of Marine Laboratories


The National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML) is a network of place-based marine and Great Lakes laboratories.  NAML’s geographic network includes estuaries, the coastal zone, the Great Lakes and inland watersheds, the global ocean including polar regions, and the sea floor. NAML labs provide scientists, students, public and civic leaders with leading edge science, environmental and coastal intelligence, and professional training that contributes to the understanding, management, and stewardship of our ocean, coastal zones and Great Lakes.  The research, observational, and education activities we carry out contribute to the nation’s economic, environmental, and national security.

National Estuarine Research Reserve Association


The National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA) is a not-for-profit scientific and educational organization dedicated to the protection, understanding, and science-based management of our nation’s estuaries and coasts. Our members are the 28 reserves that make up the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). Established in 1987, NERRA facilitates its members’ mission to protect our nation’s estuaries and to promote conservation-based research, education, and stewardship through the reserves.

In 28 beautiful coastal locations around our country, 22 states and Puerto Rico have protected in perpetuity over 1.3 million acres of land for education, long-term research, science-based stewardship, recreation and sustainability of the coastal economy. The states have been entrusted to operate and manage NOAA’s program as created by Congress in the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) nearly 40 years ago.

The NERRS relies on the support of NERRA to strengthen and expand its successful programs, and to enable this network to better address growing challenges to our nation’s estuaries and coasts. NERRA works to increase support for research, monitoring, education, and stewardship; and also provide public education and outreach to improve estuary awareness. NERRA’s vision is to maintain healthy estuaries and coastal watersheds where human and ecological communities thrive.

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation


The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF) is a private, nonprofit organization that connects people to the underwater places that define the American ocean: national marine sanctuaries. Areas in our ocean and Great Lakes set aside for their cultural and ecological significance, sanctuaries protect the very best of the American ocean for the next generation.

NMSF strives to fulfill its mission of enhancing national marine sanctuaries in their goal to protect essential U.S. marine areas and to ensure a healthy ocean and to realize NMSF’s vision of an expanded and strengthen network of national marine sanctuaries for the benefit of current and future generations.

National Ocean Protection Coalition (NOPC)


The National Ocean Protection Coalition (NOPC) brings together people committed to protecting our one and only ocean.

Our coalition includes groups representing national, regional, and local perspectives from across the U.S. and includes Tribal leaders, racial justice advocates, scientists, faith leaders, conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts, fishers and more. 

Together, we work to create and support marine protected areas – special places in the ocean that, much like national parks on land, serve as a refuge for the wildlife that call these underwater places home and help to ensure a healthy ocean for the benefit of all.

National Weather Service Employees Organization

NWSEO is the labor organization and professional association that represents 4,000 employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce, including:

  • The forecasters, technicians and support personnel of the National Weather Service, the nation’s official source for weather forecasts and warnings;
  • The attorneys in NOAA’s Office of General Counsel, who are responsible for enforcing laws that protect the nation’s environment and natural resources;
  • The civilian crews of the “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft based in Tampa, Florida;
  • The technicians who track and command the nation’s weather satellites from Wallops Island, Virginia; and
  • The hurricane researchers and other scientists and support personnel at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Key Biscayne, Florida.

NV5 Geospatial


NV5 Geospatial is the geospatial pioneer pushing the boundaries of data and analytics to deliver actionable solutions to transform the way our clients utilize and value geospatial data. NV5 Geospatial leads the nation in providing end-to-end solutions and services to deliver the highest quality data and geographic insight solutions. NV5 Geospatial combines unmatched expertise and experience with the latest equipment tech and proprietary software to analyze all types of data.

Ocean Conservancy


Ocean Conservancy is one of the world’s foremost advocates for the oceans. Through science-based advocacy, research, and public education, we inform, inspire and empower people to speak and act for the oceans. Headquartered in Washington, DC, we also have offices in Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific, and are supported by more than half a million members and volunteers.

Our Trash Free Seas program, with its International Coastal Cleanup, is the world’s leader in efforts to clean up our ocean and beaches, fostering environmental and recreational benefits. Our efforts to support healthy fisheries in the Gulf are only a part of our efforts to restore the ecological and economic vitality of the treasured area. Going forward, Ocean Conservancy will continue its legacy of nearly 40 years by advocating sound, practical policies to protect the seas and improve our lives.

Ocean Conservation Research


Ocean Conservation Research is focused on understanding the scope of, and exploring solutions to the growing problem of human generated noise pollution and its impact on marine animals.

We engage in marine biological and technological research based on conservation priorities. We use the products of this research to inform the policies and practice of the public, industry, and lawmakers so that we may all become better stewards of the sea.

Ocean Exploration Trust

Dr. Robert Ballard, oceanographer and explorer, created the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) in 2007 to guide and coordinate the different organizations and research tools he founded and developed which are dedicated to supporting our nation’s ocean exploration in search of both its human and natural history.  These include the Institute for Exploration (IFE) in Mystic, Connecticut; the Exploration Ship NAUTILUS and associated robotic ocean exploration equipment; the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography; educational outreach with Immersion Presents at Mystic; and the JASON Project which brings Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education programming based on ocean exploration activities to young people in K-12.  Bringing together technical and scientific expertise for the past 20 years, Dr. Robert Ballard and his group conduct exploration expeditions to different parts of the planets where they consistently make cutting edge discoveries  which push the envelope of our knowledge of the oceans.  The Ocean Exploration Trust is committed to keeping America at the forefront of ocean exploration and inspiring young people to pursue educational and research opportunities and the general public to support the preservation of our oceans.



Oceana works in the United States to win policy victories that will restore and maintain ocean abundance and biodiversity. U.S.-managed waters are among the most extensive national waters in the world, and Oceana is dedicated to making sure those waters are healthy and productive for generations to come. Oceana’s campaigns utilize grassroots organizing, in-house scientific experts and litigators, strategic communications, and political engagement to stop overfishing, reduce bycatch, protect habitat, curb pollution and increase transparency.

Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana is rebuilding abundant and biodiverse oceans by winning science-based policies in countries that control one-third of the world’s wild fish catch. With more than 225 victories that stop overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, and the killing of threatened species like turtles and sharks, Oceana’s campaigns are delivering results. A restored ocean means that 1 billion people can enjoy a healthy seafood meal, every day, forever. Together, we can save the oceans and help feed the world. Visit USA.Oceana.org to learn more.

Ogeechee Riverkeeper


Ogeechee Riverkeeper is a non-profit, 501c3 organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and improving the water quality of the Ogeechee, Canoochee and coastal rivers in southeast Georgia. We fulfill our mission through 3 hands-on program areas including education and outreach, legislative and policy work and pollution investigation and water monitoring. Ogeechee Riverkeeper works for clean water and healthy communities for generations to come.

Oregon State University


Founded in 1868, Oregon State University is ranked in the Carnegie Foundation’s top tier for “very high research activity” and is one of only two research universities in the U.S. to hold the federal land, sea, space and sun grant designations simultaneously. Oregon State is Oregon’s largest public research university with $261.7 million in external funding in the 2011 fiscal year. In 2011, Oregon State’s contributions in education, research and community engagement were estimated at $1.9 billion in Oregon and $2.06 billion worldwide.

Oregon State is one of the leading oceanic and atmospheric sciences institutions in the nation. Federal agencies are funding Oregon State research on tsunamis, marine ecosystems, wave energy, ocean observing, invasive species and acidification.

Oregon State’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, located on a 49-acre campus in Newport, Ore., supports diverse research in ocean sciences and collaborations between 120 Oregon State and 180 state and federal researchers, including researchers at the NOAA Marine Operations Center- Pacific. Oregon State’s ocean sciences research is supported by three ocean-going research vessels: the R/V Oceanus, R/V Pacific Storm and R/V Elakha. Since 1959, Oregon State has awarded 828 M.S. and 381 Ph.D. degrees in ocean and coastal sciences.

Parymon Corporation

Parymon Corp is a woman-owned, HUBZone-certified small business providing exceptional  environmental, technical, and professional services. Parymon Corp offers a breadth of services that support the U.S. federal government, private sector, and others. Our experienced, diverse, and passionate team is committed to effecting positive change in the world.

The Parymon Corp team’s mission, expertise, and experience align with many NOAA goals across multiple NOAA line offices. Our core service areas include: oceans & coasts; climate & weather; telecommunications engineering; communications, education, & planning; program management & professional support; and, information technology support.

Parymon Corp has supported NOAA for more than 10 years. We are experts on topics as varied as protected resources, telecom engineering and wireless network design, fisheries, resource economics, aquaculture, information technology, renewable energy, marine and coastal conservation, climate change, and day-to-day program and project management. We are experts in technical communications, meaningful public engagement, and strategic planning and we engineer and lead these processes to be equitable, participatory, and scalable.

Parymon Corp delivers tailored, durable solutions to many of today’s environmental, technological, and business challenges. We are thrilled to be able to support NOAA in numerous capacities and geographies, including as a member of Friends of NOAA. 

Planet Federal


Planet is an integrated aerospace and data analytics company that operates history’s largest fleet of Earth-imaging satellites, collecting a massive amount of information about our changing planet. Planet is driven by a mission to image the entire Earth every day, and make global change visible, accessible and actionable. Founded in 2010 by three NASA scientists, Planet designs, builds and operates over 190 satellites, and develops the online software and tools that serves data to users. Decision makers in business, government, and within organizations use Planet’s data and machine learning- powered analytics to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, and solve our world’s toughest challenges. 

Quantum Spatial

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Quantum Spatial delivers professional geospatial services and solutions for federal agencies, state and local governments, and commercial clients. Since 2001, we have supported NOAA’s core mission and geospatial initiatives through Quantum Spatial’s family of companies – AeroMetric, Photo Science, and Watershed Sciences. Our comprehensive equipment resources, and diversified contracts portfolio bring an integrated perspective to coastal community decision makers as they look for best practice solutions to their geospatial and technology needs. We have a robust team of qualified professionals – over 500 total, which include domain/content experts, GIS mapping and remote sensing specialists, scientists and professional engineers, certified photogrammetrists, and licensed surveyors, all committed to providing data, tools, technical assistance, and training. Quantum Spatial is headquartered in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, with production and regional offices throughout the United States, providing an unprecedented capacity and capability to deliver customized solutions to clients anywhere in the country.



Raytheon is a long term partner with the NOAA enterprise dating back to the WSR-57 weather radar. Our work continues today with the VIIRS sensor on JPSS, the JPSS ground system, NWS AWIPS, and most recently on the EPIC program to advance our nation’s capability for weather prediction.

Raytheon addresses the toughest challenges in the environmental enterprise and looks forward to helping NOAA chart that path through emerging system modernization, satellite sensing, and climate initiatives.

Reinsurance Association of America


The Reinsurance Association of America (RAA) is the leading trade association of property and casualty reinsurers doing business in the U.S.  RAA membership is diverse, including reinsurance underwriters and intermediaries licensed in the U.S. and those that conduct business on a cross-border basis.  The RAA represents its members before state, federal and international bodies.

Reston Consulting Group (RCG)

Reston Consulting Group, Inc.  (dba RCG, Inc.) was founded in 1987 as a Minority & Woman-Owned Small Business. RCG provides innovative IT solutions and outstanding service to help clients achieve technical, business and mission success.  We have a proven record of both individual and teaming success providing IT, data center consolidation and virtualization, service desk, CIRT, infrastructure and cyber security support to government and commercial clients.

RCG has supported numerous NOAA line offices since our inception, to include the National Weather Service (NWS); National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Services (NESDIS); NWS, National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), Ocean Prediction Center (OPC), U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC); NOAA Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO); and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).  RCG was awarded it’s first IT contract with NOAA in 1987 and we have over 35 years of continuous service to the NOAA mission and serve as a WRN ambassador.

Restore America’s Estuaries


Restore America’s Estuaries is an alliance of coastal conservation organizations all across our nation’s coasts committed to ensuring the protection and restoration of our nation’s estuaries. Restore America’s Estuaries acts as the uniting and catalyzing force behind coastal restoration across the country.  Since 1995,  the alliance has raised and leveraged more than $40 million to fund over 900 coastal restoration and mitigation projects throughout the United States-projects. These projects motivated the participation and contributions of more than 250,000 volunteers, and hundreds of federal, state, and local partners devoting time, expertise, labor, and funds to accomplish tangible on-the-ground restoration.

Riverside Technology, Inc

riverside-logo-for-large-graphicsRiverside provides comprehensive science and engineering solutions for issues surrounding water and land resources; environmental impacts and habitats; data acquisition, analysis, and management; and decision support. Local, state, and federal government agencies, international organizations, and private businesses look to Riverside to design, develop, and implement a variety of innovative services and applications that provide realistic solutions to our customers’ environmental concerns — from water use and energy conservation to public policy development.

For 25 years, Riverside has continuously supported NOAA with the environmental intelligence to make critical decisions about life and property. Our experience with NOAA spans such diverse areas as satellite data analysis; ocean and coastal management and conservation; climate data collection, analysis, and assessment; watershed modeling; water resource planning; and policy, operations, management, and development.

Riverside has successfully implemented more than 1,500 projects in more than 40 countries. Our clients’ goals are centered on making the world a better and safer place, and our goal is to help our clients face those unique challenges by providing the most up-to-date tools and expert minds, as well as the highest-level science, technical, and engineering support. Riverside’s exemplary support empowers our clients to make the best and most timely decisions — leaving the global environment better than they found it.



Navigating an ocean of data, delivering a world of possibilities.

Saildrone is a US small business that designs, manufactures, and operates a fleet of the world’s most capable, proven, and trusted, uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs). Predominantly powered by wind and solar, Saildrone USVs have a minimal carbon footprint and are equipped with advanced sensors and ML technology to deliver critical data and intelligence from any ocean, at any time of year. Solutions include maritime domain awareness, ocean data, and ocean mapping. Saildrone operations and data collection services are encrypted and secure.

School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa


The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is a world-class research and academic institution focused on informing solutions to some of the world’s most vexing problems.  Through an integrated, comprehensive, and sustained system of Earth and planetary observations, research, and education, SOEST staff work to transform the way people live on Earth by enabling a healthy public, economy, and planet.

Located in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, SOEST facilities provide convenient access to active volcanoes, deep ocean habitats, vibrant coral reefs, and the most isolated terrestrial ecosystem in the world.  SOEST faculty and staff are recognized as international leaders in research, innovation, and education on topics as diverse as alternative energy, microbial oceanography, volcanology, cosmochemistry, and climate modeling.

The 250 faculty within SOEST teach and mentor baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral students focused on geology and geophysics, climate sciences, biological, chemical, and physical oceanography, meteorology, planetary sciences, marine biology, and ocean and resources engineering. With an ocean class research vessel, 6,000 meter capable ROV, one coastal and the deepest ocean cabled observatory, a satellite fabrication facility, a private island devoted to marine biology research, and dozens of other specialized laboratories, students within SOEST are trained on state-of-the-art facilities and mentored in the field as well as the classroom.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Founded in 1903, Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for ocean and earth science research, education, and public service.  With annual expenditures approaching $200 million and a fleet of four research vessels and research platform FLIP, research at Scripps encompasses physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of the oceans and earth.

Scripps offers educational instruction leading to Masters and Doctoral degrees in applied ocean sciences, biological oceanography, climate science, geophysics, geological science, marine biology, marine chemistry/geochemistry, physical oceanography.  Scripps faculty teach over 45 undergraduate courses covering a wide breadth of earth and marine and environmental sciences and offer an undergraduate degree in earth sciences, and a marine science minor.

The Birch Aquarium at features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An oceanographic museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science and includes five dozen interactive elements.  Annually, the aquarium welcomes more than 400,000 visitors including more than 40,000 students. Its school programs are structured to provide interactive, inquiry-based science programming infused with current Scripps Oceanography research. Classroom lessons are aligned with the California State Science Content Standards and with National Science Standards.

Sea Grant Association


The Sea Grant Association (SGA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the Sea Grant program concept. The SGA’s  members are the academic institutions that participate in the National Sea Grant College Program. SGA provides the mechanism for these institutions to coordinate their activities, set program priorities at both the regional and national level, and provide a unified voice for these institutions on issues of importance to the oceans, Great Lakes and coasts. The SGA advocates for greater understanding, use and conservation of marine, coastal and Great Lakes resources.

Shark Stewards


Shark Stewards mission is to save endangered sharks and rays from overfishing and the shark fin trade and protect critical marine habitat through education, science and advocacy.

Based in Berkeley California, Shark Stewards is a project of The Earth Island Institute.

Shipbuilders Council of America


SCA is the national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industry.  SCA members constitute the shipyard industrial base that builds, repairs, maintains and modernizes Navy ships and craft, U.S. Coast Guard vessels of all sizes, as well as vessels for other government agencies. In addition, SCA members build, repair and service America’s fleet of commercial vessels.  The Council represents 50 companies that own and operate over 120 shipyards, with facilities on all three U.S. coasts, the Great Lakes, the inland waterways system, Alaska and Hawaii. SCA also represents 74 affiliate members that provide goods and services to the shipyard industry.

TAO Consulting

TAO Consulting is a leading emerging technology and circular economy advisory group that develops comprehensive and visionary cross-sectoral strategies for the diverse maritime eco-systems (Academia, Research Labs, Government Agencies, Defense Departments, Ocean Industry, Investment, Insurance, Legal, Technology, Foundations, NGOs, Trade Associations and Global Institutions) to accelerate the growth of the blue economy and blue tech globally.


The Campbell Marketing Group, Inc.

The Campbell Marketing Group, Inc. is a privately held management consulting firm specializing in business advisory services, most notably in advanced technologies and applications in earth and planetary sciences. CMG provides a full range of services that include Federal business development, government relations, media strategies, science advisory services, solution design, proposal development and critique, merger and acquisition counsel, and interim executives for capture, operations, engineering, and other leadership positions.

The International SeaKeepers Society


The International Seakeepers Society is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire the leaders of the world to become a voice for the oceans, by bridging the gaps between good science and the business and yachting communities.

Members of SeaKeepers include influential opinion leaders who believe that the best way to protect the environment is to protect the world’s oceans and who recognize the ocean’s critical importance to the life of our planet. The Society is thus deeply committed to finding real-world solutions to the problems now plaguing our seas. Our small but distinguished membership includes entrepreneurs, yachtsmen, corporations, divers, scientists and concerned citizens who endeavor to build a universal effort to restore and protect the world’s oceans. As a Private/Public collaborative effort, the Society focuses on critical ocean issues in cooperation with government agencies, other like minded organizations, the academic community, and the public. Our motto is “Protect, Preserve and Restore.”

The Mariners’ Museum



For more than 80 years, the history of the ocean and its relationship with mankind has been told and displayed in one of the world’s largest maritime history museums, The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia. The Museum is designated as America’s National Maritime Museum by the United States Congress.

The Mariners’ Museum was founded in 1930 by Archer M. Huntington, and today includes 130,000 square feet of exhibition space. The Museum is an educational, non-profit institution that preserves and interprets maritime history through an international collection of more than 35,000 artifacts, and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is home to the USS Monitor Center, a major expansion that opened in 2007, and which is the official repository for artifacts recovered from the Civil War ironclad ship that sank in 1862.

The Mariners’ Museum Library at Christopher Newport University houses the largest maritime collection in the western hemisphere, with 78,000 volumes, one million manuscript items, 600,000 photographs and several thousand maps, charts and ships’ plans. Its collection dates to the 1500s.

The Museum is situated in the midst of 550-acre Mariners’ Museum Park, the largest privately owned and maintained park free and open to the public in the United States. The park includes the 5-mile Noland Trail and 167-acre Lake Maury.

The Nature Conservancy


The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. Our mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. To achieve this, we must boldly address the biodiversity and climate crises over the next decade. By maximizing our ability to affect change between now and 2030, we can shape a brighter future for people and our planet. Thanks to more than a million members and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the United States and in 75 countries and territories. Much of this work relies heavily on collaborations with communities, governments, scientists, and other organizations.

The Ocean Foundation

www.oceanfdn.orgThe Ocean Foundation (TOF) is the only community foundation for the ocean with a mission to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world. We work with a diverse community of donors (including individuals, corporate donors, private foundations, and governments) who care about the coasts and oceans.  In this manner, we grow the financial resources available to support marine conservation in order to promote healthy ocean ecosystems and benefit the human communities that depend on them. The ocean covers 71% of the earth’s surface and transcends all geographic boundaries.  The ocean is responsible for producing every second breath we take. For nearly twenty years now, we have strived to bridge the gap between philanthropy – which has historically given the ocean only 7% of environmental grantmaking, and ultimately, less than 1% of all philanthropy – with the communities that need this funding for marine science and conservation the most.  However, the ocean covers 71% of the planet. That doesn’t add up. The Ocean Foundation (TOF) was founded to help change that calculus.

Our community foundation services include:  (1) grantmaking, (2) accepting charitable donations, (3) building funder collaboratives, (4) fiscal sponsorship and project and fund hosting, and (4) corporate partnerships.  We operate three conservation initiatives: (1) International Ocean Acidification Initiative, (2) Blue Resilience Initiative, and (3) Redesigning Plastics Initiative.  Other program areas include:  (1) Capacity Building, (2) Ocean Science Diplomacy, (3) Investing in Ocean Health, (4) Supporting Island Communities, (5) Carbon Offsets, (6) Sustainable Blue Economy, (7) Networks, Coalitions and Collaboratives, and (8) research/development/consulting.

The University of Oklahoma

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Founded in 1890, The University of Oklahoma (OU) is today a coeducational public research university located in Norman, Oklahoma with over 30,000.   students enrolled, most located at its main campus in Norman. Employing nearly 3,000 faculty members, the school offers 152 baccalaureate programs, 160 master’s programs, 75 doctorate programs, and 20 majors at the first professional level. David Boren, a former U.S. Senator and Oklahoma Governor, has served as President of the University of Oklahoma since 1994. The school is ranked first per capita among public universities in enrollment of National Merit Scholars and among the top ten in the graduation of Rhodes Scholars. PC Magazine and the Princeton Review have rated OU one of the “20 Most Wired Colleges” in both 2006 and 2008, while the Carnegie Foundation classifies it as a research university with “very high research activity.” Located on its Norman campus is the National Weather Center, a unique blend of university, federal (primarily NOAA), and private sector weather and climate organizations.

TMA BlueTech


The non-profit TMA BlueTech is the recognized cluster organizer for the San Diego maritime technology community.  Its tag line is “Promoting Blue Tech & Blue Jobs“.  With over 150 maritime technology companies and organizations, San Diego is the largest concentrated maritime technology cluster in the U.S. (and possibly in the world) with specializations in aquaculture, biomedicines, communications, desalination/clean water technology, energy ocean, large floating platforms, maritime robotics, ocean observation, research,  underwater connectors and other fields.  In addition to working with multiple local partner organizations to strengthen the business eco-system in the greater San Diego region region, which it sees extending south to Ensenada, Baja California – a leading maritime technology center in Mexico – TMA BlueTech actively collaborates on a national and international basis to promote an understanding of the importance of maritime technology, maritime technology cluster development, and OceanSTEM.

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research


UCAR provides services to and promotes partnerships in a collaborative community of researchers and educators who are dedicated to understanding the atmosphere—the air around us—and the complex processes that make up the Earth system, from the ocean floor to the Sun’s core. We manage the National Center for Atmospheric Research and UCAR Community Programs on behalf of the National Science Foundation and the university community. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado.

University of Colorado Boulder


As the flagship university of the state of Colorado, CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) – and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region – we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with four Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies.

CU-Boulder has blossomed in size and quality since we opened our doors in 1877 – attracting superb faculty, staff, and students and building strong programs in the sciences, engineering, business, law, arts, humanities, education, music, and many other disciplines.

Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the great comprehensive public research universities of the new century, we strive to serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence in our teaching, research, creative work, and service.

University of Washington

The University of Washington (UW) is one of the world’s preeminent public universities. Our impact on individuals, our region and the world is profound — whether we are launching young people into a boundless future or confronting the grand challenges of our time through undaunted research and scholarship. Ranked No. 10 in the world in Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s 2015 rankings, the UW educates more than 54,000 students annually. We turn ideas into impact and transform lives and our world.

So what defines our students, faculty, and community members? Above all, it’s our belief in possibility and our unshakable optimism. It’s a connection to others near and far. It’s a hunger that pushes us to tackle challenges and pursue progress. It’s the conviction that together we can create a world of good. Join us on the journey.

Vaisala, Inc.


Vaisala focuses on driving sustainable growth and global leadership in weather, environmental, and industrial measurements. Through its products and technologies, Vaisala enables business-critical decisions and operations for its customers. Thereby, the company strongly contributes to solving global challenges related to climate change, resource efficiency, and well-being and health.

Woodwell Climate Research Center

Woodwell Climate Research Center

Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) was originally founded as the Woods Hole Research Center in 1985. Our world-leading research and education helps individuals, communities, corporations, and nations understand the realities of climate change, recognize the impact it is having everywhere on our planet, and embrace the urgent action needed to safeguard the future of life on Earth. Our renowned researchers investigate how human activities are affecting the flow of carbon and water—key climate factors—through the world’s most critical ecosystems, from the Arctic to the tropics. Together with our global network of partners, we generate breakthrough insights into the risks we face and the just, e ective solutions we can develop.

We work with partners, stakeholders, and government officials in more than 20 countries across six continents—from the Arctic to the Amazon, and D.C. to D.R.C. We engage throughout the research process to ensure that our insights can be integrated into real-world decision- making. This approach has delivered outsized impact for over 35 years.