We Are All Connected By A Global Ocean
NOAA’s Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing Program (GOMO) supports half of the world’s ocean observing research. Ocean observations are used in climate and weather prediction models and help us understand our changing ocean and its impact on the environment.
Mission: to provide and support high quality global ocean observations and research to improve our scientific understanding and inform society about the ocean's role in environmental change.
Vision: a resilient, innovative, and fully integrated global ocean observing system that benefits scientific research, fosters environmental stewardship and serves society.
Why Do We Observe the Ocean? Increasing our knowledge of patterns, trends, and the state of the global ocean can help with prediction of hurricanes, interannual events such as El Niño, and even the 10-day weather forecast. Ocean observing research also helps with maritime safety and navigation, coastal planning, farming, and the blue economy. Our research informs policy and it helps improve the livelihood of communities from the Arctic to island nations. Read more about how our research informs NOAA's priorities.