Ocean Observations & Services

The IOC Ocean Observations and Services Section collaborates with dozens of international programmes and organizations to coordinate global scale efforts transitioning oceanography science to operational oceanographic services and products providing societal benefits and protecting the environment.  

The Global Ocean Observing System is the over arching coordination tool for the observation systems and has project offices in UNESCO Paris, France.  The implementation of GOOS is through Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology which works with national agencies coordinating deployment of instrumentation systems.  JCOMM has an operational office in Toulouse, France and the WMO partner offices in Geneva, Suisse.  The data and information needs of GOOS are satisfied by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange, which is headquartered in Oostende, Belgium.

  • GOOS Global Ocean Observing System
  • JCOMM Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology
  • IODE Intergovernmental Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange
  • OBIS Ocean Biogeographic Information System
  • GLOSS Global Sea Level Observing System
  • OOPC Ocean Observations Panel for Climate
  • DBCP Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP)
  • Argo Profiling Float Programme

Sea Change: the Global Ocean Observing System

Sea Change (9 min.)

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