Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

Delving into the deep: a focal point for global ocean science

Workers unload a Tsunami Buoy from to detect early tsunami warnings. Photograph BAY ISMOYOAFPGetty Images

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission facilitates international cooperation and coordination in marine science and oceanography.

It plays a leading role in coordinating and disseminating scientific ocean data to underpin marine science policy.

With this knowledge basis, IOC seeks to improve the management of oceans, working for their protection and sustainable development and supporting decision-making processes of the marine environment by IOC Member States.

Internationally, IOC is governed by an Assembly of Members and elected Executive Council members, of which the UK is one. It is coordinated by a Secretariat based in UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

In the UK, IOC is coordinated by the UK delegation to IOC, based at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. The UK delegation is led by Stephen Hall who was elected to the position of Group 1 Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission by Member States at the 28th Session of the IOC Assembly in June 2015.

Wider Value to the UK

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission facilitates global marine science, increases international influence and profile of UK marine science and informs marine science policy

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