The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) is co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), and the International Science Council (ISC). The GOOS provides Members with critical information on physical, chemical, and biological essential ocean variables, aimed at delivery for climate, operational services and ocean health. By presenting a snapshot of ocean’s present state, GOOS supports forecasting efforts in determining future conditions of the ocean to help develop climate change scenarios.
GOOS is a collaborative platform with six key components that help define ocean observing requirements, coordinate observing networks, and ensure the flow of data and forecasts.
The Programme coordinates global monitoring for the purposes of sustainable development of ocean resources, protection from ocean hazards and a greater understanding of climate change. By enabling global monitoring for increasing scientific knowledge, GOOS provides critical information for all levels of governance and management, for all Members, to benefit the whole planet.