The International Consortium of Ocean Observing Laboratories (I-COOL) is dedicated to the collaborative exploration of the ocean in order to improve our understanding of our planet, to build ocean technologies for next century and to excite the next generation of ocean scientists and engineers. I-COOL believes that collaboration between friends spanning the international community provides a powerful tool for groups to leverage and enable each others efforts. I-COOL was formed over a dinner with good wine one evening in Paris with scientists from Rutgers, Dalhousie University and California Polytechnic State University. The I-COOL group has now grown to encompass laboratories spanning the United States (Rutgers, California Polytechnic State University, Mote Marine Lab, University of Maryland, University of California at Santa Barbara), Canada (Dalhousie University, University of Victoria), Australia (James Cook University, University of Western Australia), Norway (Nansen Center, University of Bergen, University of Trondheim), France (Laboratoire d’Oceanographie de Villefranche), Spain (Puertos del Estados, Qualitas Remos, PLOCAN), Germany (Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research), United Kingdom (Proudman Labs, National Oceanography Centre), and Ireland (National University of Ireland)