GCOOS and NERACOOS Certified!

Congratulations to the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) and the Northeast Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (NERACOOS) on becoming certified as Regional Information Coordinating Entities (RICEs) under the ICOOS Act. GCOOS and NERACOOS celebrated this achievement with a signing ceremony at the 2018 IOOS Spring Meeting in Washington, DC.
Certification as a RICE means that the Regional Associations (RAs) comply with national data management, organizational and operational standards. Each IOOS RA serves and integrates data from state and local governments, federal agencies, universities, private companies, non-profits and citizens to create a robust understanding of the region’s coastal environment. 
Complying with IOOS data standards ensures the data are reliable, accessible, and will be archived at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. All data are public and freely available.  
IOOS provides national coverage for coastal data that provide regional impact. Nine of the eleven RAs are now certified and all others are in the process. For more about certification and the importance of data standards, click here.
Picutred: Carl Gouldman (US IOOS), Barb Kirkpatrick (GCOOS), RDML Gallaudet (NOAA), Ru Morrison (NERACOOS). Image credit: US IOOS