Established: October 2005

Type: Network of regional organization

Membership: 12 Institutions in 4 countries; Chair: RA Patricio Carrasco Hellwig (2020-2021), Chile.

Contact: Marcelo Nilo Gatica. Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS), Technical Secretariat of GRASP.

The formation act of GRASP on 27 October 2005, established the GOOS Regional Alliance for the South-East Pacific region. It appointed the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS) to be the technical secretariat of GRASP.


Managed by a GRASP Coordinator, GRASP Chair, and representatives from each member country.


  • To coordinate and optimize regionally an appropriate use of the resources.
  • To study the east coastal current system in an integrated manner from a regional perspective.
  • The data exchange and appropriate data availability for users.
  • To apply operational oceanography, such as is currently being applied to operational meteorology.
  • To have better access to international research projects (such as ARGO).
  • To have better access to research of the coastal ocean.
  • To study the ocean variability on scales ranging from 20 to 40 days.

Location of GRASP

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