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GOOS is a collaborative program that connects experts working in all aspects of ocean observations: marine research, observation platforms, products and data dissemination, and actionable knowledge useful to ocean management and policy. The volunteer support of scientists, researchers and marine managers to build and coordinate GOOS is essential to maximize the impact of ocean observations, data and services.

By investing in international expert teams for global marine observation systems, GOOS enables them to contribute to unified plans, standards and best practices, and data systems for ocean observations.

Learn more about how the diverse partners are Implementing GOOS.


Example of Diverse Expertise in Action: IndOOS

Map of XBT lines
Click to enlarge a map of XBT lines where data on subsurface thermal conditions are collected in the Indian Ocean by cooperating merchant vessels.

The Indian Ocean plays a unique role in the variation of regional and global climate systems – making it an area where the collection of long-term measurements is paramount. These climatic variations can have economically devastating impacts on the region's agriculture, fisheries and water resources, affecting the lives of nearly two thirds of the world's population that live in surrounding countries.

By gathering a scientific body of experts representing a diverse set of countries with Indian Ocean interests, the CLIVAR/GOOS Indian Ocean Panel was able to plan and implement IndOOS. The multi-national IndOOS meets the region's unique need for long-term observations by using a variety of methods, including the coordination of line-sampling from merchant vessels, the deployment of drifting buoys, and the creation of a mooring network designed to monitor monsoons, RAMA (Research Moored Array for African-Asian-Australian Monsoon Analysis and Prediction). The cooperative efforts of this multi-national observing system provide high-quality measurements in the Indian Ocean so crucially needed for climate research.