The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) provides countries and end-users with critical information on physical, chemical, and biological essential ocean variables, aimed at delivery for climate, operational services, and ocean health. The GOOS mission is to lead the ocean observing community and create the partnerships to grow an integrated, responsive and sustained observing system.
GOOS is a collaborative platform with six key components that help define ocean observing requirements, coordinate observing networks, and ensure the flow of data and forecasts. Experts panels synthesize requirements and provide guidance on observing system design. Observations coordination groups sustain, strengthen and expand implementation, promoting best practice. A forecasting systems team creates guidance to improve capacity and quality of ocean forecasts. Projects advance innovation and expand into new areas. GOOS’s sponsors and steering committee provide governance. And core coordination is provided by a distributed GOOS Office.
GOOS supports a community encompassing all those playing a role in the observing system: international, regional, and national observing programs, governments, UN agencies, research organizations, and individual scientists. By working together on observing tools and technology, the free flow of data, information systems, forecasts, and scientific analysis, this global community can leverage the value of all these investments.
GOOS is co-sponsored by the IOC, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Science Council (ISC).
"The IOC has been absolutely essential in enabling us to build a global observing network like Argo. Because we’ve made such incredible progress over the last few years, I think many countries will start to really celebrate Argo and the IOC as one of our best examples of international collaboration.” - Dr Susan Wijffels, Co-Chair of the International Argo Science Team
"The work of the IOC is critical for all countries because the ocean controls weather and climate, provides food, mineral resources and energy, and sustains an ecosystem for biota to survive." - Dr. Shailesh Nayak, former Secretary of the Indian Ministry of Ocean and Earth Science (2008 -2015)