The IQOE Science Committee invites participation of the international scientific community in the project, through seeking endorsement by IQOE of relevant research, monitoring, and modelling activities. The IQOE will provide an international structure for planning and coordination of multinational scientific activities related to sound in the ocean and its effects on marine organisms. In addition, the IQOE will help provide a framework for national and regional projects to (1) coordinate their activities; (2) agree to standards for research, observations, and modelling; and (3) combine data to increase its usefulness. The IQOE has established an endorsement process to help identify relevant national and regional science activities, and to link these activities to international IQOE.
Benefits of involvement in the IQOE
Scientists may seek endorsement for activities that have already been approved by national funding agencies or international organizations or activities that are in the proposal phase. The endorsement of a scientific activity by the IQOE Science Committee is a recognition of the activity's alignment with the mission and objectives of IQOE, of its potential for contributing to an increased understanding of sound in the ocean and its effects on marine organisms, and of its contribution to help manage human impacts on the ocean.
Responsibilities of Endorsed Projects
Endorsed projects will be expected to help achieve the scientific goals of the IQOE, to help develop and follow standards for research and observations, to help develop and follow the IQOE data policy, and to work together with other projects with shared goals.
Status: The IQOE Science Plan has been reviewed and approved by the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO), and is available here.
Funding has been obtained to begin initial implementation activities. An IQOE Science Committee has been formed and met for the second time in London, UK on 27-28 January 2017.
SCOR and POGO staff members will assist project scientists with implementation.
Next Steps: Additional funding is being sought, including for an international project office.