Evaluation of a Regional Ocean Observing System

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Evaluation of a Regional Ocean Observing System

As part of the publication series OceanObs’19: An Ocean of Opportunity, the article An Innovative Approach to Design and Evaluate a Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System was recently published in Frontiers in Marine Science. Led by former PacIOOS Principle Investigator Chris E. Ostrander and current PacIOOS Director Melissa Iwamoto, this publication describes the decision analysis methodology used to inform programmatic decision making to continuously evolve and enhance the system. Attributes and scoring of the evaluation matrix are described, as well as other decision-making factors and example cases to demonstrate the application of the framework.

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Figure 1. of the publication showing the decision-making process diagram for consideration of annual service evaluation outcomes.

View and download the full article here.

The publication series is part of OceanObs’19, a decadal international conference, which will be held for the first time ever in the U.S. on September 16-20, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Conference participants will gather to discuss the decadal progress of ocean observing networks and to chart innovative solutions to society’s growing needs for ocean information in the coming 10 years. Community White papers and conference themes helped shape the conference agenda and programmatic schedule, including breakout sessions. Each conference day focuses on a specific objective: perspective, information, innovation, integration, and vision. Find relevant information about the conference program, exhibits, posters, and more.

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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.