The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) is a collaborative system of ocean observations, encompassing in situ networks, satellite systems, governments, UN agencies and individual scientists with the mission to lead the ocean observing community and create the partnerships to grow an integrated, responsive, and sustained observing system, and a vision for a GOOS that delivers the information needed for sustainable development, safety and well-being.
In response to calls from the Second World Climate Conference (Geneva, 1990), the Intergovernmetal Oceanographic Commission (IOC) created the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) in March 1991. The creation was also a result of the desire of many nations to gather the information required to improve forecasts of climate change, the management of marine resources, mitigation of the effects of natural disasters, and the use and protection of the coastal zone and coastal ocean.
About the Steering Committee
The GOOS Steering Committee is responsible for all scientific and technical aspects of GOOS design and in the undertaking of appropriate activities to support the design process. It governs and coordinates the components of GOOS and steers its work to achieve objectives of the Global Ocean Observing System 2030 Strategy.
The co-sponsors of the GOOS Steering Committee are the IOC of UNESCO, WMO, UNEP and the ISC.
The GOOS Steering Committee is currently in the process of renewing its members and is calling for nominations from the scientific community for interested individuals to serve on the committee.
Terms of Reference
The Steering Committee meets annually for three to four days in person with online meetings throughout the year as necessary. The next annual Steering Committee meeting will take place in Barcelona, Spain on 14 – 17 April 2024, following the 2024 Ocean Decade Conference (10 – 12 April 2024). New Steering Committee members will be invited to join this meeting alongside current members to ensure a smooth transition.
How to nominate
Please send the duly completed and signed nomination form along with the requested documents (nominee’s CV and signed statement from the employer) to Katsia Paulavets (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the ISC Secretariat.
The deadline for nominations is 7 March 2024.