GOOS Projects are international and fill gaps, advancing innovation and expanding the observing system, services and product delivery by expanding into new areas and capabilities.

They could be Experimental Observation Projects with a geographic or thematic focus on developing and implementing on a large scale. These cover requirements, observations and data systems relevant to GOOS as a whole. Or they could be Pilot Projects focused on specific areas or systems to improve readiness for sustained observations.

“GOOS projects are about innovation in observing, and in the observing system. They help us to meet society’s need for essential data to inform day-to-day decisions and develop a long-term sustainable relationship with our oceans.”

Emma Heslop, Programme Specialist, GOOS

GOOS Projects are part of our coordination activities but they are independently managed and funded. The goal is for them to become fully integrated and sustained GOOS observation networks. The Ocean Decade is expected to generate a significant number of new projects.

Projects we endorse benefit from being recognised as contributing to a larger programme and global context as well as the cause of ocean observing.

Current projects

The Tropical Pacific Observing System in 2020 (TPOS 2020)

TPOS 2020 aims to update the Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS) and transition to a more resilient and integrated observing system to meet identified gaps and future needs as they are revealed.

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The Deep Ocean Observing Strategy (DOOS)

DOOS focuses on observations below 2000m and gives additional attention to processes and mechanisms at less than 200m that influence deeper depths.

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Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS)

The Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS), backed by the IOC, provides publication, discovery and access to relevant and tested methods, from observation to application, as well as a foundation for increasing capacity.

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SMART Cables

SMART Cables focuses on the real time, global scale observation of ocean bottom temperature, pressure and seismic acceleration using subsea telecommunications cable infrastructure.

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