GOOS observations are coordinated by the Joint IOC-World Meteorological Organization Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM). JCOMM was established by its parent Organizations, the World Meteorological Organization and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (of UNESCO) in 1999, to coordinate worldwide marine meteorological and oceanographic services and their supporting observational, data management, services and capacity building programs.
JCOMM is organized in three program areas (PAs) with expert teams that coordinate and recommend standards and procedures for meteo-oceanographic integrated observing, data management, along with services and forecasting systems. JCOMM's "Observations PA" serves as the "GOOS Observations Coordination Group." Click here to learn more about JCOMM.
JCOMM's activities are designed to impact these major areas:
- Marine and maritime safety and emergency response
- Coastal hazards forecasting and management
- Marine resource exploitation such as fisheries, offshore oil extraction and ocean renewable energy
- Climate variability and change understanding, monitoring and predictions