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Promotion of U.S. research on marine geology and geophysics in the Indian Ocean—The U.S. IIOE-2 Committee will enter discussions to follow up on the recent SCOR-InterRidge and IODP meetings focused on the Indian Ocean region to develop mechanisms for greater U.S. involvement in these activities.


BGC Sensors on RAMA moorings—Plans are underway for adding new biogeochemical sensors on RAMA moorings by University of Miami scientists.


IIOE-2 special session at the IMBER Open Science Conference in June 2019 in Brest, FranceThe Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2): Motivating New Exploration in a Poorly Understood Basin. Conveners: Jerry Wiggert, Raleigh Hood, Jerome Vialard, Benjamin Kürten, and Francis Marsac.  The abstract submission deadline was January 15, 2019.


Potential IUSSTF-funded proposal for bilateral U.S.-Indian planning for joint research in the Indian Ocean—The U.S. IIOE-2 Steering Committee plans to submit a proposal to the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum to convene a bilateral India–U.S. IIOE-2 proposal development workshop in fall 2019.  This meeting will be open to all interested U.S. investigators.


New Members of U.S. IIOE-2 Committee—The U.S. IIOE-2 Committee will be looking for new members and has been discussing a variety of names.