As a GOOS Project, DOOS will be aligned with the Framework for Ocean Observing (Framework). In 2012 the GOOS adopted the Framework as a guide for GOOS activities and alignment. The purpose of the Framework is to assist in the development and delivery of an integrated ocean observing system fit for many purposes.
The Framework describes a clearly defined structure that allows ocean observing providers and users to plug-in at various points within the system. It traces a path from Inputs (requirements or EOVs) to Processes (observations), to Outputs (data and products). To maintain an ocean observing system that is fit-for-purpose, the outputs must properly address the issues that drove the original requirements. This creates a constant feedback loop such that requirements are always science driven and informed by societal needs; and that EOVs are part of the system that responds iteratively to this evolving set of science and societal needs.
A focus on measuring EOVs provides a way for all stakeholders to speak a common language fostering collaboration in this highly voluntary system. EOVs are identified based on how feasible they are to observe and their level of scientific or societal impact. Targeting investments based on EOVs, in conjunction with the evaluation and encouragement of improved readiness levels for sustained observations, ensures a path for research and innovation to shape the evolution of GOOS.