All IOOS Regional Networks Now NOAA-certified


All IOOS Regional Networks Now NOAA-certified

The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) along with its eleven regional associations (RAs) reached an important milestone this month: All regional observing systems are now certified by NOAA for their data management and infrastructure practices. Certification demonstrates that the data served by the RAs, like PacIOOS, are of the same high quality and trusted standards as those served by the federal government. Scientists, managers and businesses are able to directly use this data without spending additional time and resources quality checking or archiving data, and this will help spur new data-driven products and innovations.

“These certified IOOS regions make an important contribution to our nation’s Blue Economy, a top priority for NOAA,” said retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and acting under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere. “This comprehensive, trusted, stakeholder-driven data aids navigation, fishing and aquaculture, weather forecasting and much more.”

The regional structure of IOOS promotes collaboration at the regional level and helps to provide tailored approaches to address specific needs of local users and stakeholders. Certification allows RAs to create regional impacts while maintaining national data management consistency upon which users can rely. PacIOOS was the first entity nationwide to be certified in 2015. Find out more about certification.

“The regional associations are at the very core of IOOS. Their community ties and local expertise are essential for keeping the national system performing for all users,” said U.S. IOOS director Carl G. Gouldman. “Completing the certification process allows all users to directly benefit from these great resources and strengthens the relationship between regional and national interests.”

Find more information about certification of all regional associations and the associated documentation.

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PacIOOS is the first regional association that was certified as a Regional Information Coordination Entity (RICE) by the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Certification provides NOAA and its interagency partners a means to verify that a regional association’s organizational and operational practices, including data management, meet recognized and established standards set by NOAA.