The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) is sponsored by WMO, IOC of UNESCO, UNEP, and ICSU. It is designed to provide sustained observations from the global ocean, and related analysis and modeling of ocean fields in support of operational oceanography and climate change applications. WMO Members directly participate in the GOOS by the provision of in situ and satellite observations. It is not solely operational, but includes work to convert research understanding into operational tools. It is designed to produce products useful to a wide range of users.
The Observations Programme Area of JCOMM is primarily responsible for the development, coordination and maintenance of moored buoy, drifting buoy, ship-based and space-based observational networks and related telecommunications facilities. It also monitors the efficiency of the overall observing system and, as necessary, recommends and coordinates changes designed to improve it. It has inherited lead responsibility for a number of important and well-established observational programs, which are managed by bodies that now report through JCOMM.
JCOMM is now contributing to the implementation of the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) and following the legacy recommendations of the JCOMM Pilot Project for the integration of marine and other appropriate oceanographic observations into WIGOS. Those are published in the report of the Pilot Project, which was completed at the end of 2010 (see here).
JCOMM Observations Programme Area contact points
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