Graphical depiction of many types of observing systems (Image © IOOS)
The Integrated Ocean Observing System
(IOOS®) is a federal, regional, and private-sector partnership working to enhance the ability to collect, deliver, and use ocean information. IOOS delivers the data and information needed to increase understanding of the ocean and coasts in order to improve decision-making capacities to address safety, economic and environmental concerns. The goal of this multidisciplinary system is to provide continuous data on open ocean, coastal waters, and Great Lakes in the formats, rates, and scales required by scientists, managers, businesses, governments, and the public to support research and inform decision-making. NOAA is leading interagency and regional efforts to build the U.S. IOOS.
Each of the eleven Regional Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (RCOOS) identify and address regional priorities with a management structure responsible for collaboration and coordination within the region. Forming collaborations with COSEE Centers became a natural part of this process. Click on the items in the sidebar at left for a selection of some of these successful working relationships.