JOSS History

JOSS got its start in 1981 as the International Project Office (IPO) after Karyn Sawyer, who was working in NCAR’s Directorate at the time, helped to successfully organize and implement the MONEX field project in the late 1970’s. The success of that project was widely talked about, and ultimately NSF asked Karyn to help with other field projects. Those projects quickly became a full-time job, so in 1981, the International Project Office was created within UCAR, and additional staff were hired.

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Participants at the Seaflux Workshop during a Spring snow storm in Boulder, CO, March 19, 2010.

The IPO continued to grow (and change names) thru the 80’s and early 90’s until 1994 when it merged with the NCAR facility that had been handling the technical aspects of field projects (operations directors, data collection and management, etc.), and JOSS was born.

Originally, JOSS consisted of two groups: the Field Operations and Data Management (FODM) group and the Program Support Operations (PSO) group. In 2005, JOSS transitioned. The FODM staff moved to NCAR’s Earth Observing Laboratory, and PSO remained in UCAR UCP, becoming JOSS as we know it today.  Karyn Sawyer retired as JOSS Director at the end of 2015.



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