Indian Ocean Observing System (IndOOS)

Indian Ocean Observing System (IndOOS) upsc mindmap

The Indian Ocean Observing System (IndOOS), established in 2006, is an essential network designed to monitor the Indian Ocean’s marine and atmospheric conditions. It includes a variety of observational tools like moored buoys, Argo floats, and satellite measurements. The network, crucial for climate research and weather forecasting, was reactivated in April 2024 by India and the U.S. following years of neglect due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This reactivation, discussed between M Ravichandran and Rick Spinrad, is expected to fill significant gaps in data crucial for understanding the Indian Ocean’s impact on global climate phenomena such as the monsoon system. This move is part of broader efforts to revamp the system under the IndOOS-2 initiative, aimed at enhancing its capability and coverage to meet emerging scientific and societal needs.

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