FROM GLOBAL TO REGIONAL APPROACH MONGOOS – EUROGOOS – GOOS
The Mediterranean Oceanography Network, together with EuroGOOS, is one of the 15 Global Regional Alliances of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), which aims to develop both sustainable ocean monitoring and tailored services to meet regional and national priorities, balancing the global goals of GOOS with the implementation of fit-for-purpose applications to meet local needs. At the European level, MONGOOS plays a key role as one of the five Regional Operational Oceanographic Systems (ROOS) of EuroGOOS, helping to bridge the gap between the northern (Europe) and southern (Africa) shores of the Mediterranean Sea. This alliance focusses on the cooperation on improved national and regional services and products so and to coordinate regional.
Different regions of the globe are represented by 15 GRAs, emphasizing regional priorities, differing by need, resources and culture. These interact with each other to learn and share best practice in implementing observing systems.
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 is sponsored by the Unesco Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the 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.
GOOS Regional Alliances (GRAs) are comprised of national and institutional efforts that come together at the regional scale to facilitate the advancement of GOOS, to aid the integration and coordination of sustained interdisciplinary ocean observations and services for scientific and societal benefit, and to provide mutual support for capacity development. GRAs facilitate sustained ocean observing, data management, modelling and services that meet regional and national priorities.
The map below shows the IOC-recognised regional alliances (in yellow) as well as other cooperating observing systems (in grey):
- MonGOOS (Mediterranean Ocean Network GOOS)
- Black Sea GOOS
- NEAR-GOOS (North East Asian Regional GOOS)
- IOGOOS (Indian Ocean GOOS)
- USA IOOS
- SEA-GOOS (South-East Asian GOOS)
- IMOS (Australian Integrated Marine Observing System)
Other developing regional alliances :