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Integrated Ocean Observing System

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U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System Program
1100 Wayne Ave., Suite 1225
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (301) 427-2420
Fax: (301) 427-2073


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About U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, IOOS®

The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) is a national-regional partnership working to provide new tools and forecasts to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect our environment. Integrated ocean information is now available in near real time, as well as retrospectively. Easier and better access to this information is improving our ability to understand and predict coastal events - such as storms, wave heights, and sea level change. Such knowledge is needed for everything from retail to development planning.

Governance and Management

The Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System (ICOOS) Act of 2009  provides the structure and foundation for the development of a  U.S. IOOS built upon a national-regional partnership. U.S. IOOS broadly consists of contributions from both Federal and non-Federal assets and capabilities  to advance the utility of marine observations by creating a system to rapidly and systematically acquire and disseminate ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes data and data products to meet critical societal needs.

Funding Opportunities

The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), program achieves its objectives by funding organizations through a competitive process.

Gliders/Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Gliders monitor water currents, temperature, and conditions that reveal effects from storms, impacts on fisheries, and the quality of our water. This information creates a more complete picture of what is happening in the ocean, as well as trends scientists might be able to detect. The robots collect information from deep water, as well as at the surface, at lower cost and less risk than ever before. As scientists deploy more gliders, they are revolutionizing how we observe our ocean. These robots propel us closer to that revolution.

New Map Tracks Underwater Robotic Vehicles and Delivers Historical Marine Data

Want to take a virtual ride in our oceans with an underwater robot, known as a glider? There is a new map for that. The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System launched a new asset map that displays where partner gliders are currently patrolling and where they’ve been. That means users can get one-stop access to a current snapshot of where gliders are at sea.

Once returned from a mission, users can scroll over visualizations of collected data. Additionally, users can retrieve an historical collection of data from previous missions, reaching back to 2005.
“Eventually, this site will provide access to glider data for all IOOS regions and their partners, which will allow scientists easier retrieval of data to inform models and forecasting tools,” said Zdenka Willis, U.S.
IOOS Program Director. “It is an initial step toward establishing baseline standards for glider operations and data.”

IOOS delivers the data and information decision makers need to take action to improve safety, enhance the economy and protect the environment. These data provide a larger picture of the interaction between the ocean and global climate systems and advance our understanding of potential climate change impacts on our marine ecosystems and coastal communities.


Phone: 301 427 2420
Fax: 301 427 2073