OceanGliders: A component of the integrated GOOS

Pierre Testor, CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Brad DeYoung, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Daniel L. Rudnick, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Scott Glenn, Rutgers University-Newark
Daniel Hayes, University of Cyprus
Craig Lee, University of Washington
Charitha B. Pattiaratchi, The University of Western Australia
Katherine L. Hill, World Meteorological Organization
Emma Heslop, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO)
Victor Turpin, CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Pekka Alenius, Finnish Meteorological Institute
Carlos Barrera, Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias
John Barth, Oregon State University
Nicholas Beaird, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Guislain Becu, Laboratoire de Recherche International Takuvik
Anthony Bosse, Universitetet i Bergen
François Bourrin, Université de Perpignan Via Domitia
Alex Brearley, British Antarctic Survey
Yi Chao, Seatrec and JPL
Sue Chen, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Jacopo Chiggiato, Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR)
Laurent Coppola, Sorbonne Université
Richard Crout, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
James Cummings, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Beth Curry, University of Washington
Ruth Curry, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
Richard Davis, Dalhousie University
Kruti Desai, Ocean Leadership
Steven DiMarco, Texas A&M University
Catherine Edwards, University of Georgia
Sophie Fielding, British Antarctic Survey
Ilker Fer, Universitetet i Bergen
Eleanor Frajka-Williams, University of Southampton
Hezi Gildor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Gustavo Goni, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Dimitri Gutierrez, Instituto del Mar del Peru

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The OceanGliders program started in 2016 to support active coordination and enhancement of global glider activity. OceanGliders contributes to the international efforts of the Global Ocean Observation System (GOOS) for Climate, Ocean Health and Operational Services. It brings together marine scientists and engineers operating gliders around the world: (1) to observe the long-term physical, biogeochemical, and biological ocean processes and phenomena that are relevant for societal applications; and, (2) to contribute to the GOOS through real-time and delayed mode data dissemination. The OceanGliders program is distributed across national and regional observing systems and significantly contributes to integrated, multi-scale and multi-platform sampling strategies. OceanGliders shares best practices, requirements, and scientific knowledge needed for glider operations, data collection and analysis. It also monitors global glider activity and supports the dissemination of glider data through regional and global databases, in real-time and delayed modes, facilitating data access to the wider community. OceanGliders currently supports national, regional and global initiatives to maintian and expand the capabilities and application of gliders to meet key global challenges such as improved measurement of ocean boundary currents, water transformation and storm forecast.