As it enters its second phase greater attention needs to be placed on how NEAR-GOOS should be strategically developed to deliver benefit and utility of its ocean data-gathering effort to its member states. This might involve a greater range of data types and the deriving of generic ‘products’ such as model analyses and synthesized maps. For this to be possible, it will also require more direct involvement of the agencies concerned and the recruitment of a wider range of organizations and disciplines.
The mission of NEAR-GOOS in its second phase is “to develop a comprehensive and sustained ocean observing network in the North-East regional seas and coastal regions, especially focused on observations, monitoring and other activities that cannot be easily implemented by countries acting independently. This network will embrace a wide range of data types and will be accompanied by the participating members and as a contribution to the GOOS and other global observing initiatives.”
The goals of NEAR-GOOS in its second phase is to development of a basic integrated ocean observing and operational forecasting system in the NEAR-GOOS area adhering to the GOOS Principles and building on the data management and exchange mechanisms developed in the first phase through the inclusion of additional parameters, increased coverage in space and time, the generation of a generic suite of data products and adequate quality control and quality assurance procedures.
The operation of NEAR-GOOS has been coordinated and managed by the IOC/WESTPAC Coordinating Committee for NEAR-GOOS which operates with the following general Terms of Reference (revised at the seventh session of the Coordinating committee in Vladivostok, 2002, Recommendation SC-WESTPAC-NEAR-GOOS-VII.1).
Committee shall consist of representatives of all member countries. Each country shall designate two members, preferably with one person coming from the operational meteorological/oceanographic community. The committee shall elect a Chairperson among the members. The Chairperson of the Coordinating committee will act as NEAR-GOOS expense of the participating countries. Other countries and appropriately affiliated organizations can attend the sessions as observers. In case a Member is unable to attend, his or her government will try to send a suitable replacement, so that there is continuity of representation.