Established: 1996

Type: Network of regional organization

Membership: 8 Organizations in 4 Member States: China, Japan, Korea, and Russia

Contact: Liu Guimei,  Chairperson of NEAR-GOOS & Deputy director of National Marine Environment Forecasting Center (NMEFC), China 

Phone:+81-3-3212-8341 ext 5139

The North-East Asian Regional GOOS (NEAR-GOOS) is a regional pilot project of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), and is implemented by China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation.


The operation of NEAR-GOOS has been coordinated and managed by the IOC/WESTPAC Coordinating Committee for NEAR-GOOS which operates with the following general Terms of Reference (revised at the seventh session of the Coordinating committee in Vladivostok, 2002, Recommendation SC-WESTPAC-NEAR-GOOS-VII.1). Each Country shall designate two members of the Coordinating Committee. The Committee shall elect a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman among the members, The Chairman of the Co-ordinating Committee will serve as the NEAR-GOOS Co-ordinator.


  • The primary aim of NEAR-GOOS in its first phase was to facilitate the sharing of oceanographic data gathered by agencies of the partner countries using the internet, to support the daily mapping of conditions in the marginal seas bordered by the partner countries.
  • The goals of NEAR-GOOS in its second phase is to development of a basic integrated ocean observing and operational forecasting system in the NEAR-GOOS area adhering to the GOOS Principles and building on the data management and exchange mechanisms developed in the first phase through the inclusion of additional parameters, increased coverage in space and time, the generation of a generic suite of data products and adequate quality control and quality assurance procedures.

Location of NEAR-GOOS

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