Ocean Societal Indicators (OSI) Task Team

Goals and Rationale

In March of 2020, the IOOC created a task team called the Ocean Societal Indicators Task Team charged with linking social science indicators with physical and natural observations data on our oceans, Great Lakes, and coasts. The overarching objectives of this task team include: 

  • Objective 1: Produce a baseline synthesis of existing ocean societal indicators and efforts incorporating social science into ocean observing management.
  • Objective 2: Identify ocean societal indicators.
  • Objective 3: Recommend path for implementation.

The full scope of work of the task team is linked here

Ongoing Activities

As a starting point, the Task Team surveyed federal scientists to build a baseline of existing social and economic indicators, or suites of indicators, to better inform the interrelationships and interdependencies between social data elements/observations and physical and biological observations. 

This is an early step in the broader task team objective of identifying trends and gaps to ultimately inform the prioritization of indicators and potentially the creation of new indicators to integrate into ocean observing systems. Subsequent objectives will involve disseminating priority ocean societal indicators identified through the work of the Task Team to relevant agencies and organizations, refining them based on feedback, and recommending paths for implementation. 

Task Team Members

  • Erin Satterthwaite, UCSD (Co-Chair)
  • Patricia Clay, NOAA (Co-Chair)
  • Rachel Seary, NOAA
  • Joel Scott, NASA
  • Laura Lorenzoni, NASA
  • Elizabeth Larson, NASA
  • Jonathan Blythe, BOEM
  • Abigail Harley, NOAA
  • Emily Smail, NOAA
  • Marilyn Tenbrink, EPA
  • Victoria Ramenzoni, Rutgers University
  • Cassandra Wilson, COL (Staff Support)


If you have any questions concerning this task team, reach out to iooc@ucar.edu.