Leading, coordinating and supporting vital ocean observing

Integrating the system, empowering the community, forming the partnerships.

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Modelling, mitigating and adapting to climate change

Essential and sustained observations, including in deep ocean and remote regions.

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Underpinning accurate weather forecasts and warnings

Empowering coastal communities, societies and the blue economy, enabling forward planning.

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Monitoring marine ecosystem health and preserving life

Observing biodiversity, habitat and human impact for conservation and sustainable use.

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We enable each part of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) to contribute to its highest capacity, helping to build an integrated and responsive system.

Why we observe the ocean?

Observing the ocean delivers the essential information needed for our sustainable development, safety, wellbeing, and prosperity.

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What we do

We coordinate observing the ocean, covering climate and ocean health and providing more accurate weather forecasts and early warnings.

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Who we are

We are an Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) led programme. The IOC is part of UNESCO.

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Our work

We lead the ocean observing community and create the partnerships needed to grow an integrated, responsive and sustained observing system. This means encouraging collaboration, supporting teams of experts and developing capacity.

Observations and data

A trusted and highly valuable collaborative system of sustained observations from our network of independently-managed and funded observing elements.

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Knowledge and resources

A comprehensive collection of resources and documents that include best practices, reports and presentations, contributed by ocean observing experts.

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Advancing innovation and expanding the observing system, services and product delivery by expanding into new areas and capabilities.

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How you can join us in our vital work

The global ocean observing system needs to evolve to better meet the needs of end users. Join us and play your part in shaping and achieving our vision of a more powerful and effective global ocean observing system now.

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