The Southeast Asian Global Ocean Observing System (SEAGOOS) is a GRA for Member Countries in the IOC Sub-Commission of the Western Pacific (WESTPAC).
The SEAGOOS aims to encourage co-operation between WESTPAC Member Countries to promote GOOS in the South East Asian area, as well as to establish ocean observation and monitoring projects and exchange of data in the Region. IOC Perth and IOC WESTPAC have mutual interest across areas of thematic and geographical overlap relevant to SEAGOOS and IOGOOS.
SEAGOOS was initiated in the 90's, 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.and formally established in October 2003 at the SEAGOOS Summit held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. IOC Perth has held a long-standing supporting role for SEAGOOS, in light of thematic and geographical overlap between SEAGOOS, WAGOOS, IOGOOS and PIGOOS.
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, Thailand, and Vietnam. Other WESTPAC Countries are encouraged to join SEAGOOS.
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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:
SEAGOOS Secretariat at WESTPAC (Thailand): Mr Wenxi Zhu
Head, IOC-UNESCO Regional Secretariat 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.