Zdenka Willis, Director - NOAA Integrated Ocean Observation chairs the morning of the Ocean Observation and Forecasting session.
Ocean Observation and Forecasting: Zdenka Saba Willis is the Director of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Program.
which is a coordinated network of people and technology that work together to generate and disseminate continuous data on our coastal waters, Great Lakes, and oceans.
Prior to her assignment as Director of U.S. IOOS Program, Ms. Willis served as Director of NOAA's National Oceanographic Data Center and administered the NOAA Central Library, the National Coastal Data Development Center, and the World Data Center of Oceanography, Silver Spring, Maryland.
Ms. Willis is a retired Navy Captain with career service as a Meteorology and Oceanography officer in the United States Navy.
has promoted interagency cooperation as the Naval Deputy to NOAA; worldwide sea ice analysis and forecasting as Director of the National Ice Center; and as the satellite and operations officer Naval Polar Oceanography Center.
While the Director of the National Ice Center
initiated a visiting scientist program which attracted post-doctorate researchers focused on the Arctic and Antarctic.
meteorological background include weather forecasting for Naval aircraft as the Officer in Charge of the Naval Oceanography Command Detachment, Oceana Virginia and for Navy vessels as the Naval Eastern Oceanography Center
, Norfolk Virginia.
has a background in the collection of oceanographic data onboard the USNS Harkness and USNS Maury survey vessels and in the electronic navigational charting as Deputy Navigator of the Navy
Her other relevant Naval positions are the director of the Strategic Policy Forum (a Congressional and Executive Branch crisis simulation for Members of Congress, senior Executive branch officials, and military leaders) and adjunct professor in the Strategic Leadership Department at the Industrial College for the Armed Forces.
Ms Willis received her Bachelor's Degree in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina.
She received a Master's degree in Meteorology and Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate, and a Master's Degree in National Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.