The IOOS national and regional networks coordinate robust coastal ocean observing networks, but gaps remain. To fill these critical gaps, the IOOS Association leads the Closing the Gaps campaign.
Over the five year campaign, the IOOS Association hopes to double IOOS funding to $53m by 2022. These funds will help IOOS install and operate additional High-Frequency (HF) radars and underwater gliders. HF Radar and gliders collect data critical to safeguarding productive ecosystems, assisting with safe and efficient maritime transportation, and saving lives on the US oceans and coasts.
In March 2018, IOOS received $35 million from the Fiscal Year 18 Omnibus Appropriations Act, a $4.3 million increase from FY17. This support will allow the eleven IOOS regional observing system to fill critical gaps in the the HF Radar and underwater glider networks.