Japan and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)



Japan, with a total of 4,000 islands representing 332,873 kilometres of coastal areas, is widely experienced in the field of oceanography and became a member of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO from its creation in 1960.


The IOC aims at supporting international cooperation in the field of scientific research. It plans and coordinates various research or training programmes in the field of marine sciences, elaborates international norms… (More about the Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO Lien vers un site externe…)


Presently, Japan is particularly involved in:


the IOC sub-commission for the Western Pacific (IOCWESTPAC)


the Global Ocean Observing System (IOC/GOOS)


the Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific (IOC/GIC-ITSU)

Within the framework of the actions implemented in support to the IOC, Japan created in 1965 the Japan Oceanographic Data Centre (JODC). It is in charge of gathering marine data collected by various research centres and to make them available to the public. Numerous oceanographic databases are available online on the JODC’s site.


Japan is also an elected member of the Executive Council of the IOC.




IOC Website


IODE "International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange" (IODE)


Japan Oceanographic Data Center (JODC)



Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)


Japan Coast Guard (JCG), Hydrographic and Oceanographic Department


Public Works Research Institute (PRWI)




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