• IGOSS Publications including Manuals, Guides, Technical reports and regulations

      IOC; UNESCO (1973)
      This paper provides a summary of the present and planned IGOSS publications and contains a secretariat proposal that a publication plan be prepared by IGOSS. This question require a detailled examination, taking intio account, inter alia, the objective for which each document is to prepared, its manner of preparation (authorship), publication medium, lqnguage requirement, the status of the publication within the sponsoring agencies and internationally and coasts. IPLAN is invited to study this question and prepare an IGOSS publication plan.
    • Compatibility of GF3 with MGD77.

      Meirion, T. J.; Institute of Oceanographic Science, UK (1979)
      An investigation into the comptatibility of the proposed IOC/IODE General Format 3 with Marine Geophysical Data Exchange Format MGD77 including two illustrative solutions as how MGD77 data may mapped into GF3.
    • Eleventh Session of the IOC Working Committee on IODE, New York, 9-18 January 1984. Implications of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea for the Activities of the Working Committee on International Oceanographic Data Exchange.

      Flemming, N.C. (UNESCOParis, 1983)
      The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea has been signed by a majority of states, and therefore, without any prejudice to the eventual outcome of ratifications, it is prudent for the Working Committee for International Oceanographic Data Exchange to consider the possible effects of the Convention upon its responsibilities and procedures. This note consists of a commentary upon the general principles within the Convention, and is not the official view of the Natural Environment Research Council, the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, or Her Majesty's Government of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. No legalistic interpretation of the articles of the COnvention is implied or intended.
    • IODE-XV Report on Intersessional Activities of the Chairman of the IOC Committee on IODE

      IOC for UNESCO (1995)
      The past intersessional period has been marked by a very significant change in the fields of networking, and electronic publication of data and information. The Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) have attracted major attention and have become the way to do business for a broad community of data and information users who did not previously have the means to do such exchanges, either locally or globally. Since IODE-XIV in October 1992, a large number of IODE data and information centres have begun to use the Internet and have established various types of servers to display and deliver data, information, and services. The rate of advancement of technology is something that has to be noted and taken into account by IODE. If one thinks back to October 1992, then it becomes obvious that the electronic networking and publication technologies have undergone almost a complete revision during the past intersessional period. Fortunately, the meetings of the IODE Groups of Experts and Project Steering Committees, and the meetings of IODE Officers have provided forums for co-ordination of some of the activities undertaken by these groups and the IODE centres. If the IODE Committee continues to meet only every 3 years or so, the work of the subsidiary bodies will have to continue to address the urgent new requirements brought on by changes of technology.
    • Provisional Agenda

      IOC; UNESCO; IOC for UNESCO (1995)
    • IODE's Role in Managing and Exchanging Ocean Data from Coastal Zones

      IOC for UNESCO (1995)
      The coastal zones in the world are exposed to continuously increasing environmental stresses: pollution, eutrophication, erosion problems which are amplified by steadily growing economic and recreational use and demographic changes. In view of the position of the coastal environment as a buffering zone and interface between land and open ocean, an effort in integrated coastal zone management is required to achieve sustainable development. Besides the possible impact of global climate change also coastal flood protection and related safety aspects are of vital importance to the coastal population, as well as for environment and economy. By their nature, coastal processes are not confined to regional or national boundaries so their solution requires an international approach. Moreover, the problems to be solved require interdisciplinary efforts including environmental, economic and social sciences. Chapter 17 of Agenda 21 places special emphasis on integrated coastal area management. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has proposed a Coastal Zone Management Strategy (CZMS) to be applied for national coastal zone planning and management. Coastal zone management is also one of the key issues for European policy facing the challenges of the 21st Century (White Book, EC, 1994).
    • Provisional Timetable

      IOC; UNESCO; IOC for UNESCO (1995)
    • Annotated Provisional Agenda

      IOC for UNESCO (UNESCOParis, 1995)
    • The Results of the Think Tank Meeting - Where we are Where to go? Paris, France, 13-15 March 1995

      IOC for UNESCO (1995)
      The IODE Think Tank Session was held in order to review the IODE programme in detail and develop a plan of action to carry IODE forward into the next decade of international oceanographic data management and exchange. Annex B contains a document that was prepared in advance of the Meeting and which served as a point of departure for the discussions. The sections below contain a summary of the discussions and the conclusions that were reached and a number of recommendations for consideration by IODE-XV.
    • IODE-XV IGOSS and IODE Data Management Goals to support GOOS

      IOC for UNESCO (1995)
      The foundation for supporting much of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) data management requirements are already in place in the form of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Integrated Global Ocean Services System (IGOSS) and the IOC's International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programmes. However, to address the considerable diversity of GOOS data management needs, both IGOSS and IODE will be required to develop and expand on their existing capabilities.
    • Reaching IODE's Target Audience: Implementation Action of new Technologies and Developing Countries or how to Involve them in Cyberspace

      IOC for UNESCO (1995)
      The last 10 years have witnessed a revolution in the handling of both data and information through the widespread availability of personal computers. Increasingly, data and information about data collections are being produced in electronic form. The latest advances are in the realm of data and information delivery. Here, the proliferation in the use of CD ROMs is giving everyone who has a modest computer and CD ROM reader the ability to access large archives of both data and information, instantly. There is also, of course, the rapid advances in electronic networks and their linking via the Internet as a conduit between global data and information providers and users. All of this technology does not automatically make for an improved global data and information exchange system. It does provide a relatively inexpensive means for countries and individuals to more fully participate in the global data collection and utilization that IODE represents. This paper will discuss in brief these technologies to examine their opportunities, but also to point out the inherent challenges.
    • Development of an Ocean Data Information Network in the IOCINCWIO

      IOC for UNESCO (1995)
      The need to develop capacity in collection, analysis and distribution of data and information from the oceans and all seas was one of the components of Chapter 17 Agenda 21 of UNCED. This was to be done through strengthening of national scientific capabilities for data collection and analysis, creation of national databases, linking of these databases to existing data and information services and mechanisms, and co-operation with a view to the exchange of data and information and its storage and archiving through global and regional data centres. This strategy is perfectly in line with the IODE programme. It has been observed that the participation of IOCINCWIO Member States in IODE programme activities is minimal: no NODCs or RNODCs have been established in this region; only one DNA is registered in Tanzania. At the Third Session of IOCINCWIO, held in Mauritius in December 1992, it was noted that regional capabilities to interpret and use the results from large scale experiments like TOGA and WOCE are very limited. The Regional Committee identified a need to enhance this capability and train human resources to both use the data and interpret the results so as to provide advice on actions to the governments. RECOSCIX WIO was identified as a centre through which such data could be delivered. It is stated that, in order to ensure increased participation of IOCINCWIO Member States in the IODE programme, two major activities have to be undertaken: (i) strengthen national capabilities and assist in the development of NODCs; (ii) develop a regional data and information network for the IOCINCWIO region. It is noted that a regional information exchange network is already operational through the RECOSCIX-WIO (Regional Co-operation in Scientific Information Exchange in the Western Indian Ocean region) project. The existing network can be adapted to include data exchange. In response to the request formulated by IOCINCWIO-III, the IOC Secretariat has drafted this proposal which is submitted to the IODE Committee. The Committee is requested to consider the proposal and decide on further action.
    • Reports of the Chairman of the IODE Subsidiary Bodies and Projects Leaders on Intersessional Activities and future Actions.

      IOC for UNESCO (1995)
      During the intersessional period, the Group of Experts on RNODCs and Climate Programmes (hereafter referred to as the Group) could not find an opportunity to convene a meeting, due to the lack of time and funds, and worked mostly by electronic correspondence. The major topics addressed by the Group included evaluation of the response to provide by RNODCs to the issues raised at the IODE Think Tank Meeting, the appropriateness of the RNODCs to meet the needs of global monitoring programmes such as GOOS and GCOS and their users, to identify the regional and global datasets required by those programmes and the adequacy of existing RNODCs to respond to the challenge of fast progressing technology in data management and exchange.
    • Provisional List of Documents

      IOC for UNESCO; UNESCO; IOC (1996)
    • Status of Exchange of Data and Information between the IOC Regional Programmes and the IODE System

      IOC for UNESCO (1996)
      The regional subsidiary bodies of the IOC have been developed since the middle 1970s and in particular during the 1980s to foster intergovernmental co-operation in marine sciences. The basic ideas are that regional co-operation including that of marine science is a necessity because of the dynamics of the ocean and the marine environment (as well as its resources); because a regional perspective helps define priorities and priority needs; because of the pooling efforts and because it fosters regional and national development and supports a multi-lateral economy; because to address many marine problems on a regional rather than a national or global basis is more effective in view of the dynamical properties of the ocean environment and its interactions with land and atmosphere.