The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) provides high-quality data and information on current and future states of the oceans and Great Lakes from the global scale of ocean basins to local scales of coastal ecosystems.
IOOS provides data in forms and at rates required by decision makers to address seven societal goals:
IOOS is part of the US Integrated Earth Observation System (IEOS), the US contribution to the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), and a contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). At the 2003 Earth Observation Summit, 30 nations expressed commitment to an understanding that sustainable economic growth can only result from linking systems into a GEOSS. Download the First Annual Implementation Plan
Recommendations from the Ocean US Arliegh House Meeting, Warrenton VA.
Ocean.US is the National Office for Integrated and Sustained Ocean Observations. Since its establishment in 2000, Ocean.US has catalyzed the development of IOOS, the US contribution to a Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems.
In 2007, NOAA established a Program Office to coordinate NOAA’s IOOS activities. NFRA works closely with this office on regional issues. Read more about NOAA IOOS