New Report Card Shows State of Ocean Observing System

DetailsPublished: 25 June 2018

A new Ocean Observing System Report Card (download pdf) provides a snapshot of ocean observations, which are critical to predict and manage extreme weather and coastal hazards as well as to monitor the state of our seas.

The Report Card highlights progress, priorities and shortcomings in ocean observtions in an era of growing impacts on burgeoning coastal populations from sea-level rise, as well as threats to marine ecosystems from pollution and climate change.

The Report Card was prepared by the Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM).

Australia’s Response to 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap Further Strengthens Global Ocean Observation

DetailsPublished: 24 May 2018

IMOS will receive continued funding and new financial investment thanks to the Australian government’s support in the context of the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap. The IMOS Office will lead a process to translate funding outcomes into project plans and budgets for approval by the Board, on a timeframe to be agreed with the Department; The IMOS Five Year Plan (2017-22) has informed IMOS input to the Research Infrastructuer Investment Plan, and will underpin IMOS Funding Guidelines (2018-23) developed in consultation with the community. The full response can be found here.

Albert Fischer, Head, Ocean Observations and Services Section of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission underscores the important of these contributions to the ocean observing community, explainined that “Strong national sustained observing programmes make for a strong GOOS, and IMOS has certainly contributed not only observations, but a lot of strategic thinking to the global entreprise.

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