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Volume 31 Issue 01

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Volume 31, No. 1
Pages 38 - 41


On the Relationship Between the Global Ocean Observing System and the Ocean Observatories Initiative

By Eric Lindstrom  
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The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS; http://www.goosocean.org) is an international framework for supporting and sustaining the geographically distributed collection of ocean observations designed to benefit science and society. Observations required to guide an evidentiary-​based response by society to environmental change are determined by various international conventions (e.g., United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). GOOS, under the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, seeks to respond to the high-level requirement for ocean observations by managing a suite of global networks that collect observations. These networks include, for example, the global array of nearly 4,000 Argo profiling floats, arrays of about 1,250 surface drifters and 300 precision tide gauges, moorings at dozens of key sites around the planet, and repeat hydrographic lines that replicate the sampling of the World Ocean Circulation Experiment about every 10 years (Figure 1).


Lindstrom, E. 2018. On the relationship between the Global Ocean Observing System and the Ocean Observatories Initiative. Oceanography 31(1):38–41, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2018.107.

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