Case Study: Peak facilitated a two-day retreat with 18 participants from 4 regional Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) organizations. The goal was to gather input and develop a plan to improve coordination among their organizations. Preparation for the workshop involved interviews with key participants and a survey. The integrated nature of this network of people and technology is enhanced by collaboration among the partners. They gather observing data and develop tracking and predictive tools that benefit the economy, the environment, and public safety at home, across the nation, and around the globe. The IOOS groups are responsible for managing and creating data products for coastal ocean datasets, NOAA, and TetraTech. Tetratech is the contractor providing data management services.
Impact: The IOOS organizations provide distinctive knowledge and critical technological abilities that inform industry, state agencies, local governments, tribes, non-government organizations, and educational institutions. 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.
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.