GOOS is an international program preparing the permanent global framework of observations, modelling and analysis of ocean variables needed to support operational ocean and coastal services and associated data management. GOOS provides accurate descriptions of the present state of the oceans, including living resources; continuous forecasts of the future conditions of the sea for as far ahead as possible, and the basis for forecasts of climate change. To learn more about GOOS, click here.
Why GOOS in the Southern Hemisphere?
Initiatives such as GOOS, along with its complementary regional nodes linked to the IOC Perth Office, are required because of the critical need to characterize and predict the cascade of relevant oceanographic and related meteorological scales (from global through regional to coastal) that influence the more localized interests of the world's marine and coastal communities.
GOOS and the IOC Perth Office
Improved understanding of these ocean and coastal processes and others in the Indian, Southern, South East Asian Region and South West Pacific Oceans has been greatly enhanced with the establishment of GOOS Regional Alliances (GRAs) in these regions. The Perth IOC Office encourages synergies between each of these GRAs.
GOOS Regional Alliances (GRAs)
are set up between IOC Member Countries to assist the establishment of GOOS in various regions of the Global Oceans. GRAs are designed to facilitate sustained coastal and open ocean monitoring to meet regional and national priorities, and form a critical component to the successful implementation of GOOS objectives. WAGOOS is another, more local, GOOS Regional Alliance (yet to be formally registered in the IOC system, but operating within the same spirit of the other GRAs shown in the Figure).
The following three GRAs plus WAGOOS (not formally a GRA) were assisted in their establishment by the IOC Perth Office, which now continues to facilitate them through coordination and sponsorship:
IOGOOS - To learn more about IOGOOS, click here.
SEAGOOS - To learn more about SEAGOOS, click here.
PIGOOS - To learn more about PIGOOS, click here.
WAGOOS - To learn more about WAGOOS, click here.