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The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)

The Global Ocean Observing System

The GOOS is a permanent global system for observations, modeling and analysis of marine and ocean variables to support operational ocean services worldwide. GOOS provides accurate descriptions of the present state of the oceans, including living resources; continuous forecasts of the future conditions of the sea for as far ahead as possible, and the basis for forecasts of climate change. GOOS is designed to: Monitor, understand and predict weather and climate; Describe and forecast the state of the ocean, including living resources; Improve management of marine and coastal ecosystems and resources; Mitigate damage from natural hazards and pollution; Protect life and property on coasts and at sea; Enable scientific research.

GOOS Program Data Access:

Essential Climate Variable (ECV) Data Access Matrix

Metadata Search

Ocean Observing Programs:

  • DIVERSITAS - Integrating biodiversity science for human well-being
  • OSTIA - Operational Sea Surface Temperature and Sea Ice Analysis
  • GODAE OceanView  - foster the development and improvement of operational ocean analysis and forecasting systems worldwide
  • MOON - Mediterranean Operational Oceanography Network
  • OTN - Ocean Tracking Network
  • OceanSITES - Worldwide system of long-term, deepwater reference stations
  • TSUNAMI Information - UNESCO/IOC global tsunami website

Ocean Observing Systems:

In addition to the observations being made through the GOOS Programs, data are also being collected through a number of Ocean Observing Systems. Those that are currently active include:

  • Arctic ROOS - Arctic Regional Ocean Observing System: Observations Access
  • BOOS - Baltic Operational Oceanographic System
  • ChloroGIN Africa - International network to assess the state of marine, coastal and inland-water ecosystems
  • EuroGOOS  -  European Global Ocean Oberserving System: Product Access
  • ICES - International Council for the Exploration of the Seas
  • IMOS  - Integrated Marine Observing System (Australia ROOS)
  • NOOS - Northwest Shelf Operational Oceanographic System
  • PICES - North Pacific Marine Science Organization
  • PREViMer  - Operational Coastal Oceanographic Centre managed by Ifremer: Data Access
  • WAGOOS - Western Australian Regional Ocean Observing System