OceanGliders, the glider component of the integrated Global Ocean Observing System

The OceanGliders program brings marine scientists deploying gliders from all over the world to observe on the long term physical, biogeochemical, biological ocean processes and phenomena that are relevant for societal applications, allows active coordination and strengthening of the worldwide glider activity. It contributes to the present international efforts for Ocean Observation for Climate, Ocean Health and Real Time Services. See http://www.goosocean.org/.

Our goal here is to : monitor the global glider activity, share the requirements, efforts and scientific knowledge needed for gliders data collection and support the dissemination of glider data in global databases, in real-time and delayed mode, for a wider community.

OceanGliders recommend to :

  1. develop a global operational program of underwater gliders to address key ocean observing challenges to address societal needs.
  2. develop a global data management system to ensure the effective sharing and use of ocean data from underwater gliders.
  3. consider four key areas of ocean observation: Ocean Boundary Currents, Storms, and Water Transformation. We recommend that OceanGliders lead an assessment by the ocean observation community on how best to address these three areas of societal need for ocean data.
  4. develop an implementation plan for a sustained Boundary Ocean Observing Network to meet the societal needs of improving ocean observing in this key region of the global ocean.

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