Deep Ocean Observing Strategy Survey

SOOS members invited to participate

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  • August 2016

The Deep Ocean Observing Strategy (DOOS) organizers are conducting a deep-ocean observation inventory to lay the foundation for development and coordination of regional, national, and global deep-ocean observing systems. We are requesting your assistance by asking you to complete a brief online survey on the current use of, and needs for, deep ocean observations. Further details, a link to the survey, and some instructions for completing the survey are provided below. The survey should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey at your earliest convenience but no later than by Friday, September 7th. Contributors will be acknowledged and invited to contribute to any subsequent publication.


(1) To assess the current status of deep-ocean observing with respect to geographic coverage, water depths, platforms, sensors, variables measured, temporal and spatial coverage.

(2) To inform development of the Deep Ocean Observing Strategy and identify potential partners. 

(3) To help develop a common statement of requirements and an initial strategy for sustained global deep ocean observations; considering all Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs), regions, technologies, and societal imperatives so as to extract high priority, feasibility, and GOOS fit-for-purpose actions for the next 5-10 years. 

(4) To identify gaps in geographic coverage, water depth, and EOVs.


We appreciate your time and effort in completing the survey, as well as your help ensuring the survey reaches others who make deep ocean observations or acquire or aggregate deep-sea data of any sort. 

Please either forward this email to them directly OR direct them to the DOOS website which contains a link to the survey ( 


  • Navigating the survey: Please use buttons within the survey not your browser’s navigation buttons
  • Click the Next button to continue to the next page.
  • Click the Previous button to return to the previous page.
  • Click the Exit the Survey Early button if you need to exit the survey.
  • Click the Submit button to submit your survey.
  • Things to note about particular questions:
  • Any questions marked with an asterisk (*) require an answer in order to progress through the survey.
  • Answers provided on page 10 will be threaded by the survey into questions on page 11, so the transition from page 10 to 11 may take longer than other page transitions. Please be patient.
  • Saving your answers as you work on the survey:
  • As long as cookies are enabled on your computer, the survey will automatically save your answers.  (Instructions on how to enable cookies in various internet browsers can be accessed here)
  • You will be able to close a browser, then re-open the survey, and the survey will appear as you last left it.
  • The computer you work from:
  • You will not be able to work on the survey from multiple computers.
  • Only one person can take the survey on a given computer.

If you have any further questions, please contact Kruti Desai –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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