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NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System User Retreat

NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System User Retreat

Client: TetraTech

Case Study: Peak facilitated a retreat to enhance coordination among four regional Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) organizations. The IOOS organizations are responsible for managing and creating data products for coastal ocean datasets and NOAA. The goal of the two-day retreat was to gather input from the 18 participants from four regions and develop a plan to improve coordination among their organizations. Prior to the workshop, our facilitator conducted interviews with key participants and developed a survey that gathered key insights into coordination challenges.

The IOOS organizations provide distinctive knowledge and critical technological abilities that inform industry, state agencies, local governments, tribes, non-government organizations, and educational institutions. TetraTech is the contractor providing the data management services. Tetra Tech uses systems developed by Axiom Data Science to broaden its climate data analytics platforms. NOAA is leading interagency and regional efforts to build the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). The data, tools, and forecasts they provide improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect our environment.

Impact: Collaboration is key among the partners in this organization because of the integrated nature of their work, the network, and the power of their technology. By gathering observing data and developing tracking and predictive tools, IOOS information is used to benefit the economy, the environment, and public safety. The benefits aren’t simply regional, they address needs across the nation and around the globe.

IOOS regional organizations work together to generate and disseminate continuous data on our coastal waters, Great Lakes, and oceans. IOOS is our nation’s ocean contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems, an international effort designed to monitor Earth and transmit observations globally.  The goal of IOOS is to expand and improve our ability to collect, deliver, and use ocean information—providing information in the right format at the right time to scientists, managers, businesses, governments, and the public.

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