TOS Ocean Observing Team Award

Recognizing Teams for Innovation and Excellence in Sustained Ocean Observing for Scientific and Practical Applications

Nomination Procedure

The nomination period is July 1 – October 31, 2023. The lead nominator serves as the point of contact. All nominations must be submitted through the online submission system when it opens on July 1.

When putting together the nomination package, please first review the following criteria that must be met for a nominee to be considered for selection for the Ocean Observing Team Award:

  • A breakthrough in the design, installation, and use of sensors, platforms, systems, strategies, and/or programs that have led to a transformation in ocean observing and its applications and to advances in scientific knowledge

In addition, one of the following secondary criteria must be met to be selected for the Ocean Observing Team Award:

  • The inclusion of engineers, data scientists, early career professionals, and/or students in the advancement and implementation of observing system elements and/or their application in science operations
  • Significant inter- and multidisciplinary activities and lasting contributions by demonstrated sharing of best practices and the implementation of interoperable data streams.



  • At least 25% of the representative team members must be TOS members. Teams must comprise at least six representative members.
    Anyone who needs to confirm TOS membership status can contact Jenny Ramarui, TOS Executive Director, for further information
  • Nomination is for a team from any country or countries, ideally with international participation.
  • Self-nominations are allowed.
  • If selected, each member of the team being nominated must certify their compliance with the TOS Policy on Professional Integrity, Ethics, and Conduct, and Guidelines on Implementation



  • Supporters need not be active members of The Oceanography Society at the time of nomination.

Nomination Package

Each nomination consists of the following elements. All nomination materials are submitted via the online submission system and must include the following:

1. Citation

This text will appear in news releases and on certificates presented to the Ocean Observing Team. The text of this citation should be 200 characters or less.

2. Professional History

  • Teams must comprise at least six representative members. A curriculum vita (five pages maximum) for each of six representative members must be submitted. The curriculum vita must include the representative team member’s name, professional mailing and email addresses, research experiences, and major contributions and service to the community.
  • A team-project accomplishment report (five pages maximum) should span the range of important contributions addressing the Ocean Observing Team Award criteria. In addition, this report should document original impacts in highlighted areas of sustained observations. Contributions to relevant innovations, technologies, networks, and facilities may be documented by citing community syntheses or project reports in addition to scientific journal articles, patents, and data sets within this five-page report.

3. (Self) Nomination Letter

The (self) nomination letter from an active TOS member can be a maximum of three pages and must include:

  • The name, title, institution, and contact information for the nominator (and one co-nominator, if applicable).
  • A succinct synthesis of the nominee’s qualifications and connection with the team.

4. Supporting Letters

Three letters of support (in addition to the nomination letter) must be submitted from outside of the team. Letters signed by more than one writer are not permitted. Submission on letterhead is preferred, electronic signatures permitted. Letters must include the supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information; a statement of relationship to the nominated team; and clear justification for the qualifications of the team. Each letter must be a maximum of two pages in length.


For more information, or if there are any questions, please write to [email protected].

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