IOOS - PacIOOS RCOS certification

PacIOOS becomes the first certified RCOS

The U.S. IOOS Program Office is accepting applications from qualified organizations to become certified Regional Coastal Observing Systems (RCOS) under the authority of the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009 (ICOOS Act) and amended by the Coordinated Ocean Observations and Research Act of 2020 (COORA Act).

The ICOOS Act directs NOAA to certify and integrate RCOSes into the U.S. IOOS. Integration into the System formally establishes the role of the RCOS in the U.S. IOOS and ensures that the data collected and distributed by the RCOS are managed according to the best practices, as identified by NOAA.

To become certified, applicants must demonstrate they meet the requirements established in the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System; Regulations to Certify and Integrate Regional Information Coordination Entities.

To submit an application, please send the completed application form and all supporting documents to

Applications may also be submitted via mail to Director, U.S. IOOS Program Office, NOAA, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

For additional information, please contact Dave Easter at (240) 533-9453 or

Application Information and Materials

RCOS Certification Application Form 

RCOS Certification Guidance 

IOOC approved Certification Criteria  

Certification FAQs