The initial MOOS Task Team was established in March 2018 and has been extended to sunset in May 2021 to provide a more robust set of deliverables.
Metrics are tools for supporting actions that allow programs to evolve toward successful outcomes, promote continuous improvement, and enable strategic decision making. Additionally, they are now utilized as a means of communicating program aims, status, and progress. The purpose for developing a set of ocean observing metrics for the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) include:
Metrics also help monitor and evaluate the status of U.S. observing activities, which can further assess IOOS and determine how adjustments to smaller programs could improve the system. Reflecting indicators related to essential observing variables (EOVs)—physical, chemical, or biological— these metrics help increase understanding of how well elements of the ocean domain are observed in time and space, determine vulnerabilities and opportunities in observing systems, and inform management and policy decisions to promote oceanographic research and operations.
The MOOS Task Team identified the following tasks to achieve the overall goal of developing a set of ocean observing metrics:
The initial task team was established in 2018 and has been extended until May 18, 2021 to provide a more robust set of deliverables.
To date, the task team identified an audience, outlined goals, and developed a suite of measurable and repeatable pilot metrics for three ocean observing themes. These metrics are summarized in the report Measuring the Performance of Ocean Observing Systems: Pilot metrics for sea level rise, ocean acidification, and harmful algal blooms.The report suggested that the IOOS enterprise, either through the Program Office, IOOC, contractors, or some combination thereof, should invest in collecting high-quality, repeatable metrics. It also produced specific guidelines to move beyond the pilot project and make metrics a robust, interagency effort with tangible impacts and recommendations for program managers and policy makers.
In accordance with the report’s recommendations, the metrics team proposed an extension of the MOOS task team to ensure the foundational metrics work is built upon and transitioned into sustained efforts. The extension will allow the team time to pursue the following actions: