Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Integration and delivery of oceanographic data in the
Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) era

Dave Foley
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.


People interested in obtaining information concerning the marine environment must often navigate a bewildering array of formats, data types, and data delivery mechanisms to get the information they require. The ongoing emergence of national and regional components of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) presents a unique opportunity to standardize the generation, archival, and delivery of marine data products. IOOS also provides the opportunity to promote increased use of decision making processes which affect national marine resources. Both regional and national elements of IOOS have initiated demonstration projects to develop the tools needed to effectively deliver the broad scope of environmental products required to meet the needs of customers. An analysis of the National Backbone efforts to date will be offered, along with suggestions for increased collaboration between the National Backbone, the regional associations, and their stakeholders.

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