NOAA's New IOOS Program
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION SILVER SPRING MD INTEGRATED OCEAN OBSERVING SYSTEM (IOOS)
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Having information about our environment is key to sustaining Earth, our way of life, and future generations. The Integrated Ocean Observing System IOOS is a nationally important infrastructure that will enable many different users to characterize, understand, predict and monitor changes in coastal and ocean environments and ecosystems. This infrastructure is critical to understanding, responding and adapting to the effects of severe weather, global-to-regional climate variability, and natural hazards. NOAA owns and operates much of the coastal and ocean observing and data distribution infrastructure. NOAA is the only federal agency that has responsibility for some aspect of all seven IOOS goals through our many mandates and programs IOOS objectives are inherent to our mission. In December 2006, NOAA decided to standup an IOOS Program Office that will provide a central focal point for IOOS activities within NOAA. In the near-term NOAA will concentrate on developing a data integration framework. A fully operational data integration framework will take significant time to develop. However, we have set a 12 month goal of standing up the framework necessary to integrate five core IOOS variables, from multiple NOAA observing sources, for rapid and routine operational access and use by NOAA product developers and other end users. Between months 12 and 18, we expect to ingest these integrated variables into four specific NOAA data products. We will then systematically test and evaluate product enhancements, and verify, validate, and benchmark new performance specifications for operational use. The paper will discuss how NOAA is approaching the data integration framework within the context of NOAA and our United States Federal and Non-Federal partners. Further, we will discuss the context of integrating data and the necessary standards definition that must be done not only within the United States but in a larger global context.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography