U.S. IOOS is a vital tool for tracking, predicting, managing, and adapting to changes in our ocean, coastal and Great Lakes environment.
A primary focus of U.S. IOOS is integration of, and expedited access to, ocean observation data for improved decision making. The Data Management and Communication (DMAC) subsystem of U.S. IOOS serves as a central mechanism for integrating all existing and projected data sources.
The IOOS Catalog is a collection of web based services that address three data discovery functions (Service Registry, Data Catalog Service and System Viewer) stated in the U.S. IOOS®.
Federal partners and regional associations see: http://catalog.ioos.us/by_the_numbers/
NOAA’s National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) is the nominal archive center for IOOS data. Data providers are expected to provide for storage of data, metadata and other supporting documentation and algorithm descriptions, to establish data recovery mechanisms, and to perform off-site storage of backups until the data and metadata are submitted to NODC for archiving