IndOOS Decadal Review (2006 ~ 2016)

IndOOS-2: A roadmap to sustained observations of the Indian Ocean for 2020-2030



IndOOS is the sustainable ocean observation system for the Indian Ocean. The goal of IndOOS is to provide sustained high-quality oceanographic and marine meteorological measurements to support knowledge based decision making through improved scientific understanding, weather and climate forecasts, and environmental assessments. The current IndOOS design was established on the basis of the Implementation Plan drafted by the IORP in 2006.  Both Indian Ocean science priorities and measurement technologies have evolved since the original design was established. Also, we have learned some practical lessons in the implementation phase of IndOOS that can be usefully incorporated into recommendations for how to improve cost-effectiveness, operational efficiency and interdisciplinary synergies.  Finally, the Second International Indian Ocean Expeditions (IIOE-2, 2015-2020) was just kicked off, provide a unique opportunity for providing enhanced resources to IndOOS. 

The CLIVAR IORP co-chairs will hence lead the writing of a revised IndOOS implementation plan, with the help of a writing team comprised of selected IORP, SIBER, IO-GOOS members as well as invited experts. The writing team aims at providing a first draft by September, 2017. This draft will be open to scientific colleagues for comments and feedbacks, and will be formally reviewed by an ad hoc review board, independently nominated by the review sponsors, back to back with the next IORP face-to-face meeting in early 2018. This review of IndOOS is sponsored by CLIVAR (through IORP) , OOPCIMBER (through its SIBER Indian Ocean project) and IO-GOOS.

IndOOS Mission Statement

The goal of IndOOS is to provide sustained high-quality oceanographic and marine meteorological measurements to support knowledge based decision-making through improved scientific understanding, weather and climate forecasts, and environmental assessments for the benefit of society.

Terms of Reference for IndOOS Review

1. Make actionable recommendations for priority observing system components going forward, including pilot studies with new technologies 
2. Provide justification for these recommendations by:
    a. Reviewing IndOOS current status and its past successes and failures;
    b. Articulating the scientific and operational drivers of IndOOS and their societal impacts; 
    c. Identifying the Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) that address these drivers, their spatial coverage and temporal/spatial resolution.


Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2017 First IndOOS Review Workshop
Mar. 2017 Telecon with lead authors and develop the stucture for chapters
15th Jun., 2017 Deadline for lead authors to submit draft for each chapter
1st Sep. 2017 First draft of IndOOS Review White Paper
1st Oct. 2017 Deadline for lead authors' reviews and comments
1st Dec. 2017 Final draft of IndOOS Review White Paper
Mar. 2018 Second IndOOS Review Workshop
Sep. 2018 First draft ot review report and recommendations
Dec. 2018 Final review report and recommendations


Main activities

1. IndOOS Review Workshops

1.1 1st IndOOS Review Workshop (Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2017, Perth Australia)

The goals of the review workshop are:

• To learn the history of IndOOS, the successes and failures, and the big science achieved, so that we can identify issues and strategies related to designing and sustaining IndOOS.
• To get information and ideas about how to conduct a review, so that we can identify the best way to evaluate and evolve IndOOS
• To hear about important scientific advancements and broad-scale climate questions from across the Indian Ocean basin, so that we can identify the high impact science IndOOS will need to contribute to in the future.
• Finally, to frame the IndOOS review and identify steps forward to producing the white paper

1.2 2nd IndOOS Review Workshop (22-23, March 2018, Jakarta Indonesia)

The 2nd Indian Ocean Observing System (IndOOS) Review Workshop was organised on the 22-23 March 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. During the workshop, each of the chapter of the review will be presented orally to the review board, and the overall recommendations are expected to be agreed on.

1.3 3rd IndOOS Review Workshop (14 March 2019, Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

The thrid Indian Ocean Observing System (IndOOS Review Workshop was organised on 14 March 2019 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. During this workshop, the final actionable recommendations have been communicated to science community and stakeholders, Constructive implmentation strategy for IndOOS has been discussed and agreed during the workshop.


2. IndOOS Review Report and recommendations

Executive Summary (published in Sep. 2019):

Beal, L. M., Vialard, J., Roxy, M. K. and lead authors 2019: Executive Summary. IndOOS-2: A roadmap to sustained observations of the Indian Ocean for 2020-2030. CLIVAR-4/2019, GOOS-237, I-VIII pp. doi: 

Full report (draft):

Click below links to download the draft of the IndOOS Review Report:

  1. 25 Chapters (word)
  2. Executive summary (word)
  3. Introduction
  4. Synthesis
  5. Annex A: List of Acronyms
  6. Annex B: List of Contributors
  7. List of Actionable recommendations

3. IndOOS Review White Paper

A Sustained Ocean Observing System in the Indian Ocean for Climate Related Scientific Knowledge and Societal Needs

Front. Mar. Sci., 28 June 2019 |

J. C. Hermes1,2*, Y. Masumoto3,4, L. M. Beal5, M. K. Roxy6,7, J. Vialard8, M. Andres9, H. Annamalai10, S. Behera4, N. D’Adamo11, T. Doi4, M. Feng12, W. Han13, N. Hardman-Mountford14, H. Hendon15, R. Hood16, S. Kido3, C. Lee17, T. Lee18, M. Lengaigne8, J. Li19, R. Lumpkin20, K. N. Navaneeth21, B. Milligan22, M. J. McPhaden7, M. Ravichandran23, T. Shinoda24, A. Singh25, B. Sloyan12, P. G. Strutton26,27, A. C. Subramanian28, S. Thurston18, T. Tozuka3, C. C. Ummenhofer9, A. S. Unnikrishnan29, R. Venkatesan21, D. Wang30, J. Wiggert31, L. Yu9 and W. Yu32

1 Egagasini Node, The South African Environmental Observation Network, Cape Town, South Africa
2 Department of Oceanography, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
3 Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
4 Application Laboratory, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Yokosuka, Japan
5 Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL, United States
6 Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, India
7 Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (NOAA), Seattle, WA, United States
8 Sorbonne Universités (UPMC, Univ Paris 06)-CNRS-IRD-MNHN, LOCEAN Laboratory, IPSL, Paris, France
9 Department of Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, United States
10 International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, United States
11 Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), Paris, France
12 Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Oceans and Atmosphere, Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research, Hobart, TAS, Australia
13 Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States
14 Trade, Oceans and Natural Resources, Commonwealth Secretariat, London, United Kingdom
15 Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
16 Center for Environmental Science, University of Maryland, Cambridge, MD, United States
17 Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States
18 Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, Washington, DC, United States
19 International CLIVAR Project Office (ICPO), Qingdao, China
20 Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (NOAA), Miami, FL, United States
21 National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai, India
22 Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
23 National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa, India
24 Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX, United States
25 Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India
26 Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, Australia
27 Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, Australia
28 Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, United States
29 National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR), Dona Paula, India
30 South China Sea Institute of Oceanology (CAS), Guangzhou, China
31 Division of Marine Science, The University of Southern Mississippi, John C. Stennis Space Center, Hancock County, MS, United States
32 First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, Qingdao, China