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What is IOOS?

Integrated Ocean Observing System Program

U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System
Focus of Special Journal Issue

January 5, 2011
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IOOS data supports environmental efforts such as tracking harmful algal blooms and emergency response needs by assisting with search and rescue operations. IOOS delivers the data and information needed to increase the understanding of our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes so decision makers can improve safety, enhance our economy, and protect our environment.

This month, Marine Technology Society (MTS) Journal released a two-volume special issue focusing on the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®). Titled "U.S. IOOS: Our Eyes on Our Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes," the volume includes commentaries from NOAA, the Oceanographer of the Navy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Science Foundation, National Federation of Regional Associations, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Geological Survey, and the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel.

Papers from each of these groups and from the 11 U.S. IOOS Regions discuss IOOS benefits at both the regional and national scales. IOOS is a coordinated network of people and technology that work together to generate and disseminate continuous data on coastal waters, the Great Lakes, and the global ocean. By collecting and bringing data together in a way that ensures the information can be used with other data sets, IOOS makes a broader suite of data available to scientists, allowing them to develop a more complete characterization of the ocean and coasts.

MTS, an international community of ocean engineers, technologists, policy makers, and educators, partners with IOOS on a number of activities. The scholarly MTS Journal publishes peer-reviewed papers on subjects including marine technology, ocean science, marine policy, and education.