Coordinated Ocean Observations and Research Act Reauthorized


Coordinated Ocean Observations and Research Act Reauthorized

Congress unanimously passed the Coordinated Ocean Observations and Research Act, thereby reauthorizing the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) through FY2025. Signed into law on December 31, 2020, the Act provides the foundation for coordinating observing efforts of federal agencies and regional systems. It also establishes the standards and protocols for integrating federal and non-federal data to provide users with seamless access to the most important information. Reauthorization further strengthens the program and ensures continuation of innovative partnership to collect, manage and deliver critical information about our coastal oceans and Great Lakes.

“We are delighted by the broad support for IOOS and our mission of providing ocean, coastal and Great Lakes data and information to the many people who depend on it for their lives and livelihoods. IOOS will continue to meet the critical needs for data to aid forecasting extreme weather, safe navigation, healthy ecosystems and hazards,” says Josie Quintell, Director of the IOOS Association.

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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.