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Building a Global System of Systems for the Coastal Ocean: A Strategic Action Plan for Implementing the Coastal Module of GOOS

Tom Malone(1), Paul DiGiacomo(2), Jose Muelbert(3), John Parslow(4), Neville Sweijd(5), Tetsuo Yanagi(6), Helen Yap(7), Bruno Blanke(8)

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The call for adaptive, ecosystem-based approaches to managing and adapting to the impacts of human activities and global climate change on society has intensified in recent years. Implementing such approaches requires timely and frequent assessments of ecosystem states and reliable predictions of future states based on realistic scenarios of changes in climate and human uses of marine ecosystem goods and services. Provision of the required data is a major motivation for establishing the coastal module of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). Here we review the road map for implementing coastal GOOS, the status of implementation, and the challenges of global implementation. Major challenges include integrated development of the climate and coastal modules of GOOS, sustained capacity building, and the development of "operational marine ecology", the ecological equivalent of ocean forecasting systems for upper ocean physics and maritime weather.

1Horn Point Laboratory, UMCES (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science), 2020 Horns Point Road, Cambridge, MD 21613 USA
2Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Science Center, 5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746 USA
3Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Instituto de Oceanografia, Cx. Postal 474, 96201-900 Rio Grande RS, Brasil
4CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), Marine and Atmospheric Research, GPO 1538, Hobart, 7000, TAS, Australia
5International Ocean Institute, University of Western Cape, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa 7701 (Republic of South Africa),
6Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, 6-1 Kasuga-kouen, Kasuga, Fukuoka, 816-8580, Japan
7The Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1101 Quezon City, Philippines
8Laboratoire de Physique des Océans (LPO), UFR (Unité de Formation et de Recherche) Sciences et Techniques, 6, av Le Gorgeu C.S. 93837, 29238 Brest Cedex 3 France

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: malone@umces.edu

This paper shall be cited as:

Malone, T. & Co-Authors (2010). "Building a Global System of Systems for the Coastal Ocean: A Strategic Action Plan for Implementing the Coastal Module of GOOS" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.59

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