The Southeast Asian Global Ocean Observing System (SEAGOOS) is a program developed and coordinated by the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC), aiming to encourage co-operation among WESTPAC Member Countries interested in ocean observation and monitoring, modeling and exchange and application of data in the wider South East Asian region and neighbouring region. The IOC Perth Programme Office and IOC WESTPAC have mutual interest across areas of thematic and geographical overlap relevant to SEAGOOS and IOGOOS.
SEAGOOS was initiated in 2002, officially approved in the Fifth Session of IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC V, Fremantle, Australia, 9-13 September 2002) through the recommendation SC-WESTPAC-V.3. IOC Perth has held a long-standing supporting role for SEAGOOS, in light of thematic and geographical overlap between SEAGOOS, WAGOOS, IOGOOS and PI-GOOS.
Member States of WESTPAC shall be invited to join as Members of SEAGOOS. At their discretion, non-Member States, and organizations may be admitted as Observers. They will not have voting rights but shall have all the other privileges and obligations given to SEAGOOS Member States. Free and unrestricted data exchange among SEAGOOS members and SEAGOOS projects, in line with IOC data policy, are primary requirements for participation in SEAGOOS.
Current SEAGOOS Membership: Australia, Japan, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Other WESTPAC Countries are encouraged to join SEAGOOS.
For Further Information on SEAGOOS and its activities please visit the WESTPAC SEAGOOS website.
SEAGOOS Co-ordinator: Dr. Somkiat Khokiattiwong
Head of Oceanography and Marine Environment Unit, Dept. of Marine and Coastal Resources, Phuket Marine Biological Center, P.O. Box 60, Phuket 83000, Thailand.
Tel: +66 2 298 2640 Fax: +66 2 298 2591 E-mail:
Head, IOC-UNESCO Regional Office for WESTPAC, C/o The Dept. of Marine and Coastal Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. 9th Fl.Government Complex B, Lak Si, Bangkok 10210, Thailand.