Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Receives NOAA/IOOS Stamp of Approval

Newswise — When forecasters are predicting the next hurricane, rescuers are seeking information on wave heights in the Gulf or clean up crews are trying to map the direction of the next oil spill they can rest assured of one thing: They can rely on the real-time and near real-time data provided by the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) because it has been certified to meet the highest quality standards possible.

Today, GCOOS announced that it has received official certification from the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (U.S. IOOS®) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Certification means that GCOOS is meeting federal standards for data gathering and management and operates inclusively, transparently and seeks user input to determine system priorities.

“Certification is the end result of a lot of hard work, as well as a critical step in building a fully integrated observing system,” said Carl Gouldman, U.S. IOOS Director. “We congratulate GCOOS on this accomplishment and are happy to say that NOAA now stands behind GCOOS’ data management and operational standards.  Anyone anywhere is able to use data and information from GCOOS with the same confidence as they would U.S. IOOS and NOAA data.”

Having the IOOS/NOAA stamp of approval means that the independent, nonprofit GCOOS is the only certified observing system whose sole focus is on the Gulf. In fact, GCOOS is the heart of data collection for ocean and coastal waters in the Gulf....

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