Global Ocean Observing System (IOC/GOOS)



The Global Ocean Observing System (IOC/GOOS) was created in 1991 and implemented the following year in accordance with “Agenda 21” agreed at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development ( Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). GOOS is a unified international network aiming at acquiring, integrating and distributing important information on the world oceans and seas.


Japan contributes to enrich GOOS data (meteorological observations, oceanographic measures, etc.) thanks to the work, among others, of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), the Japan Oceanographic Data Centre (JODC), the Japan Marine Science and Technology Centre (JAMSTEC), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Japan also contributes to the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) which was created in 1961 and works in close collaboration with other IOC programmes, among which GOOS.






GOOS National Focal Point Contact (Japan)


GOOS Website


GOOS on the IOC Website


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



Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT)



Ministry of the Environnement of Japan


Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (MLIT)



Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF)



Advanced Earth Observation Satellite-II "Midori II"(ADEOS-II) launched by JAXA, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency


NEAR-GOOS Regional Real Time Database operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency(JMA)



NEAR-GOOS Regional Delayed Mode Data Base (RDMDB) operated by the Japan Oceanographic Data Center (JODC)


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


Japan Coast Guard (JCG), Hydrographic and Oceanographic Department



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