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The Integrated Ocean Observing System‐Industry Relationship: From Strong to Stronger

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An Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) is recognized by industry as a national priority. Examples are cited illustrating why IOOS matters to industry and why industry matters to IOOS. Industry not only builds the tools necessary to build and maintain a national observing system but is addressing the national deficiency in science data management, making internal investments to investigate new and more sophisticated quality control procedures and data integration techniques. Of the many case studies, three are chosen to highlight how industry and IOOS have benefited: WeatherFlow Inc.’s involvement in several IOOS projects, including the construction of a coastal observing system for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands through Caribbean Area Regional Association; Science Applications International Corporation’s development of the IOOS national backbone through its work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Data Buoy Center; and Science Applications International Corporation’s engagement in the construction of a regional data management and communication capability to integrate Central and Northern California Ocean Observing Regional Association’s various data sources into a cohesive data assembly center. This article makes the case that the more businesses that are spawned using the IOOS engine (dollars, data, and expertise), the more IOOS will be a U.S. program that the taxpayer values as a key driver of commerce.

Keywords: GEOSS; IOOS; Industry; NDBC; Ocean

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2010-11-01

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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