Certification

The U.S. IOOS Program Office is accepting applications from qualified organizations to become certified Regional Information Coordination Entities (RICEs) under the authority of the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009 (ICOOS Act).

The ICOOS Act directs NOAA to certify and integrate RICEs into the U.S. IOOS.  Integration into the System formally establishes the role of the RICE in the U.S. IOOS and ensures that the data collected and distributed by the RICE are managed according to the best practices, as identified by NOAA.

To become certified, applicants must demonstrate they meet the requirements established in the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System; Regulations to Certify and Integrate Regional Information Coordination Entities.

 

To submit an application, please send the completed application form and all supporting documents to dave.easter@noaa.gov.

Applications may also be submitted via mail to Director, U.S. IOOS Program Office, NOAA, 1100 Wayne Ave. Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

For additional information, please contact Dave Easter at (301) 427-2451 or dave.easter@noaa.gov

 


Application Materials

RICE Certification Application Form (pdf)

 


 

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Additional Information

The IOOC approved Certification Criteria

ICOOS Act Tasks and Progress Report