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.
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.
The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), program achieves its objectives by funding organizations through a competitive process.
Bi weekly program updates on IOOS Program progress and development activities.
Contact information of the U.S. IOOS Program Office staff.
On March 30, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009 (Act) into law. The Act authorizes the establishment of a National Integrated Ocean Observing System (System) and codifies a governance structure within which that System will operate. learn Further details:
Statutory Authority, ICOOS Act and Progress Report