The Indian Ocean Global Ocean Observing System (IOGOOS) Regional Alliance is an association of over 25 marine operational and research agencies from 17 countries that work together to support the enhancement of the Indian Ocean’s physical and biogeochemical monitoring network (termed IndOOS) as well as research and capacity development projects to enhance all nations capabilities to apply oceanographic data for operational and sustainable management outcomes.

The IOC PPO was instrumental in the establishment of IOGOOS in 2002 and since has continued to promote IOGOOS activities of common interest for the development of IndOOS generally, and in particular for the development of operational oceanography in the region.

Since its establishment, IOGOOS has successfully brought intense focus and research activity to the Indian Ocean through collaborations by physical oceanographers and biological scientists from internationally recognised ocean science institutes. Their work has not only lead to an exponential increase in the breadth and depth of the Indian Ocean Observing System (IndOOS), but also the data, knowledge and models that derive from it, all of which are available freely to countries.

Under IOGOOS a number of scientific alliances and related science projects have formed:

  • CLIVAR/IOC-GOOS Indian Ocean Region Panel (IORP) provides scientific technical oversight for implementation of IndOOS and coordinates research on the role of the Indian Ocean on the oceanic and climate systems.
  • Sustained Indian Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (SIBER) alliance is an association of international marine researchers who motivate and coordinate international research to better understand the Indian Ocean’s role in global biogeochemical cycles and their interaction with marine ecosystem dynamics.
  • IndOOS Resources Forum (IRF) is an international group of leaders from governments and institutions that contribute operational resources to IndOOS and/or facilitate resourcing for IndOOS. IRF activities include: reviewing the operational and scientific requirements for IndOOS as presented to the IRF by IORP and SIBER; facilitating and coordinating resources to address these needs, especially ship time for the Research Moored Array for African-Asian-Australian Monsoon Analysis and Prediction (RAMA); and encouraging scientific and technological initiatives in participating countries to meet the objectives of IndOOS. The IOC PPO acts as IRF Coordinator and provides secretariat support to IRF members.

IOGOOS and its science alliances meet annually and it is supported by a Secretariat hosted by the Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) in Hyderabad, India.


For further information on IOGOOS, including past meeting reports, please visit the IOGOOS website. For further information on IOGOOS’ science alliances, please follow the links in the text above.