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GOOS Regional Alliances

Recent accomplishments of GOOS Regional Alliances in the Asia and Pacific Region (SEAGOOS, IOGOOS, NEAR-GOOS and PI-GOOS) were presented at the IOC-sponsored Indo-Pacific Ocean Forum on "Charting the Future of Sustained Ocean Observations and Services" in Asia and Pacific Region (26-28 November 2014, Bangkok, Thailand). The forum was called to discuss the role of operational oceanography in the Asia and Pacific region, and provide an overview of the observation programmes of many countries of the Western Pacific.

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Founding Chair of the CLIVAR-GOOS Indian Ocean Panel/Honorary Fellow CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research/Honorary Research Professor University of Tasmania
Program Director, Climate Variation Predictability and Applicability Research Program, Research Institute for Global Change, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology/Former co-chair of the CLIVAR-GOOS Indian Ocean Panel

[Keywords] ocean observing, multi-national effort, socio-economic application

The Indian Ocean has in recent years become a focal point of geopolitical interest and strategic planning for major economic and military powers around the world. The economies of some nations in Asia, Europe and even the America’s are critically dependent on the flow of energy and free passage of oil along the shipping lanes of the Indian Ocean. With the rise of China and India as economic powers, a sense of competition and wariness has crept into the strategic planning of many nations with Indian Ocean interests. This article is about development of the Indian Ocean Observing System (IndOOS) and we believe it may have a role to play in helping to lessen the regional tensions. Prof Sandy Gordon (Australian National University) recently stated that, “What is needed [rather than competition] is a strategy designed to provide for joint action in the “commons”, to alleviate the sense of insecurity on the part of the major powers that their legitimate interests in the Indian Ocean might not be met.”

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medgoos logoThe 10th MedGOOS meeting was held on the 05th March 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting was held back to back to the MOON (Mediterranean Operational Oceanography Network) assembly scheduled on 03-05th March. A half-day seminar on numerical coastal modelling experiences for the Mediterranean was also organised by the MedGOOS Secretariat. The seminar was held in the morning of Friday 5th March (Click here for more info).

hy20Indian ocean ob 897786fFrom: The Hindu Jan 20, 2012.

Pirates operating in the western Indian Ocean, especially the Arabian Sea, have dealt a severe blow to the climate research plans of Indian and international scientists to have a better understanding of monsoon.

Many countries joined hands and established the Indian Ocean Observing System (indOOS), to collect data relating to climate, monsoon, cyclones and related phenomena. It was planned to deploy 46 buoys — called RAMA (Research Moored Array for African-Asian-Australian Monsoon Analysis and Prediction) — for in-situ ocean observation studies in the Indian Ocean. The moored buoys are programmed to provide all meteorological and oceanographic data in real time from specified locations in the high seas.

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