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Coastal Futures and Ocean Observing Initiatives

Liana Talaue McManus(1)

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The Coastal Module has become the bottleneck in completing the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). The complexity of the coast as a social-ecological system demands nurturing a bottom-up collaborative process. At the scale of GOOS Regional Alliances (GRAs), member states need to take a few yet decisive steps to initiate this process. They must identify minimum core sets of priority coastal observations, for which competence, assets and commitments for sustained measurements exist. They will need to evolve a data sharing policy that is open, transparent and free or at minimum cost. A sustained capacity building program in modelling and planning by in-country scientists, and in the use of data products by user communities, should be established. Progress may proceed at incremental pace, focusing on one or few variables at a time, and building trust and experience as milestones of scientific collaboration. The long-standing impasse that has rendered developing country GRAs non- or minimally functional may then be broken. Smart coastal planning has to begin soon so resilience, not vulnerability, would underpin the fate of the planet's most productive ecotone.

1Division of Marine Affairs and Policy, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, Miami, Fl 33149, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: lmcmanus@rsmas.miami.edu

This paper shall be cited as:

Talaue McManus, L. (2010). "Coastal Futures and Ocean Observing Initiatives" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 1), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.pp.37

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