At the OceanObs’09 conference, you, the participants of the conference, adopted a Conference Statement which charged a working group with the task of developing a ”Framework for planning and moving forward with an enhanced global sustained ocean observing system over the next decade, integrating new physical, biogeochemical, biological observations while sustaining present observations … and taking best advantage of existing structures”.
This working group in the past 18 months developed this Framework for Ocean Observing (click to download).
The Framework is meant to help guide the many different global and regional organizations with a stake in an ocean observing system to work together in a voluntary collaborative way for mutual gain. It introduces the concept of Essential Ocean Variables, and of assessment and development of Readiness for sustained observations; and promotes collaboration in developing requirements, observing networks, and data and information streams. This common language is meant to guide participating organizations and programmes, and the entire ocean observing community, in finding and defining their niche and contribution in this larger Framework.
The team’s goal was to be the voice of the OceanObs’09 participants, speaking to the sponsors of the ocean observing system.
Your feedback on this is welcome in the comments below, which will remain open through 29 July 2011.