Activities of IOGOOS
The activities of IOGOOS, accordingly, would
include the following:
Identify gaps and deficiencies in the existing/planned
ocean and coastal observing system (in-situ and remote sensing)
and develop a programme for realising a well-designed Ocean
Observation System for the region, adhering to the ‘GOOS principles’.
Promote the development of low cost and efficient instrumentation
and observing systems.
Promote the development of low cost and efficient systems
for acquisition, management, processing and interpretation of data.
Expand and strengthen networking of countries using modern
technology including internet for real and near real time
exchange of data and products.
Promote the development of standardized operational data
procedures, including data quality control and data management.
Provide high quality data and time series for a better
understanding and improved management of the Indian Ocean
Collaborate with other programme and bodies in the field
of data collection and data management
Co-ordinate GOOS data acquisition with existing regional
and national data gathering systems under the agreements
and conventions (e.g. relating to pollution monitoring,
marine meteorology, navigation, safety at sea etc.)
Publish findings of meetings, workshops, studies and other
documents commissioned by the IOGOOS members and submission
of documents to international meetings related to GOOS and
collective representation of GOOS to regional and national
agencies when requested by members.
Identify priorities for operational oceanography and ocean
services in the Indian Ocean region, based on evaluation
of social and economic benefits.
Promote the development of regional and local operational
oceanography, taking into account the components of GOOS,
for realising services and products of maximum value to
the countries of the region.
Support operational oceanography and services in collaboration
with marine-related public and private sector organizations
Identify the training needs of countries in the region
and promote organisation of training courses, workshops
Promote the development of common infrastructure, major
systems or capital installations required to support operational
oceanography in Indian Ocean.
Promote and aid capacity building, exchange of know-how,
technology and personnel as well as collaboration, within
the framework of GOOS.
Promote pilot projects and studies in the countries of
the region to demonstrate the economic benefits of GOOS
Strengthen collaboration with GOOS and JCOMM capacity
building panels and IOC-TEMA including IOCINWIO and IOCINDIO
capacity building programmes.
Promote research and pre-operational research for solving
problems relating to operational oceanography in the Indian
Contribute to international planning and implementation
Assist in developing policies for the furtherance of GOOS
and co-ordinate the best regional participation in GOOS,
identifying where greatest value is added by collaboration
Promote collaboration between existing regional multi-national
agencies, programmes, organisations, and initiatives having
expertise in oceanography, operational systems, and remote
sensing of the ocean.
Collaborate, as appropriate, with GOOS-Africa, NEAR-GOOS,
SEA-GOOS, WAGOOS and WIOMAP through joint projects and activities.
Cooperate, as appropriate, with organisations concerned
with the assessment of climate change, global environmental
research, and the impacts of climate variability and climate
Promote collaboration with space agencies and remote sensing
scientists and engineers so as to ensure optimum integration
of both in situ and remote sensed data in operational oceanography;
Promote collaboration between institutes and agencies
in providing/attracting aid and assistance to developing
countries for operational oceanography, and the necessary
Provide as appropriate, expertise, consultants, etc.,
to the GOOS Steering Committee (GSC), IOC WMO UNEP Committee
for GOOS (I-GOOS), and to the international sponsoring agencies