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The Sustained Ocean Observing System for Climate


High quality, sustained global observations and information routinely available for climate, as well as for weather and environmental services.


Develop and sustain, with national and international partners, an in situ global observing system to monitor, understand, and support coupled prediction of the ocean, arctic, and atmospheric system;

Provide long-term, high quality, timely global observational data, information, and products in support of communities of researchers, forecasters, other service providers, and users, for the benefit of society.