(OSI) TASK TEAM
One of the objectives of the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC) is to provide input to the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST) on the relationship between ocean-, Great Lakes-, and coastal-related physical, natural, and social sciences. In March of 2020, the IOOC created a new task team called the Ocean Societal Indicators Task Team charged with linking social science indicators with physical and natural observations data on our oceans, Great Lakes, and coasts. The Task Team is charged with linking social science indicators with physical and natural observations data on our oceans, Great Lakes, and coasts.
As a starting point, the Task Team is surveying scientists to build a baseline of existing social and economic indicators, or suites of indicators, to better inform the inter-relationships and inter-dependencies between social data elements/observations and physical and biological observations.
This is an early step in the broader task team objective of identifying trends and gaps to ultimately inform the prioritization of indicators and potentially the creation of new indicators to integrate into ocean observing systems. Subsequent objectives will involve disseminating priority ocean societal indicators identified through the work of the Task Team to relevant agencies and organizations, refining them based on feedback, and recommending paths for implementation.