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National Ocean Policy

The Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC) Co-Chairs and its members are working with National Ocean Council staff on fulfilling the recommendations of the President’s National Ocean Policy (NOP). NOP Actions assigned to the Federal agencies will address key ocean challenges  giving states and communities greater input in Federal decisions and streamlining Federal operations.

The IOOC will coordinate the following NOP Actions:

NOP-1 Identify observation priorities for all National Ocean Policy priority objectives that can be accomplished with unmanned and/or satellite remote sensing systems. 
NOP-2 Develop a national sub-surface ocean observation and monitoring plan that will address use of new autonomous underwater vehicle technologies and sustained monitoring and operational observations in the water column to support decision-making.
NOP-3 Develop, evaluate, and expand an integrated geospatial database of Federal and non‐Federal, certified and non‐certified ocean observation data to provide access to public information and provide extracts or contact information for privately held information. 
NOP-4 Develop a national modeling strategy to determine how regional-scale models supported by IOOS® regions can be integrated into Federal efforts. 
NOP-5 Within existing statutory authorities, create a program for the notification, collection, and organization of Federal and non-Federal ocean observing systems that will reduce redundancies in collection, provide a central database for public information and connect to privately held information, and assist in prioritizing areas in need of additional collection. 
NOP-6 Identify the existing data services and systems, as well as the requirements to support integrated discovery and access through an information management system and integrative functions required for the management system. 
NOP-7 Implement a fully coordinated, nationally integrated system for ocean and coastal data that includes international partners under the Global Earth Observation System of Systems framework and supports the Global Climate Observing System Implementation Plan.
NOP-8 Identify the limitations of existing methodologies integrating short-term and sustained long-term ocean observational data, and develop initial activities to improve integration.
NOP-9 Create and implement an interagency plan for coordinated monitoring of the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification through existing networks using standardized and/or interoperable techniques, databases, and indicators whenever and wherever possible, to maximize integration of information across networks and agencies, leveraging existing protocols where practicable and relevant.
NOP-10 Extend the current data standards within the biological domain to allow for increased interoperability between marine biological data and physical and social data within an ocean observation context.
NOP-11 Identify the limitations of existing methodologies for integrating observational data, including coastal and global ocean remote and in situ data, physical and biological data, and ocean observations and socioeconomic data.