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IMOS recognised as a GOOS Regional Alliance

At its most recent meeting in Paris, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO formally recognised IMOS as a Regional Alliance of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).

A map of the GOOS Regional Alliances, image credit: GOOS website

At their 47th session the IOC Executive Council reviewed the recommendation of the GOOS Steering Committee to recognise the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) as a GOOS Regional Alliance. The Executive Council acknowledged the accomplishments of the Australian IMOS, welcomed the intention of IMOS to serve regional needs in addition to national programmes and recognised IMOS as a GOOS Regional Alliance


Peter Dexter, Head of Australian delegation, thanked the Council and explained that, "the IMOS was established several years ago now, with largely Federal Government funding, to provide a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional approach to enhancing the observation and understanding of the oceans for societal benefit, not just within the Australian EEZ, but extending to large open ocean areas in the Indian, Southern and south-west Pacific Oceans. It has been remarkably successful in its short lifetime to date, with all the data collected under IMOS being freely and openly available through the dedicated IMOS web portal."


The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) is a permanent global collaborative system for observations, modelling and analysis of marine and ocean variables to support operational ocean services worldwide. GOOS provides accurate descriptions of the present state of the oceans, including living resources; continuous forecasts of the future conditions of the sea for as far ahead as possible, and the basis for climate change assessments and scenarios. GOOS is sponsored by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and International Council for Science (ICSU), and is the ocean component of Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS). GOOS is implemented by Member States through their government agencies, navies and oceanographic research institutions working together in a range of global thematic panels and observing networks and regional alliances. 


The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) Regional Alliances (GRAs) identify, enable, and develop sustained GOOS ocean monitoring and services to meet regional and national priorities, aligning the global goals of GOOS with the need for services and products satisfying local requirements. As an integral part of GOOS, the GRAs are tasked with adhering to the GOOS Principles (1998) of shared ocean observations, data policy, best practices and capacity development in their implementation of regional and national ocean observation systems.


IMOS Director Tim Moltmann says "We are very pleased about this decision, as it provides further evidence of the high value placed on the Australian Government’s investment in IMOS by the international marine science community."