The oceans play a key role in global issues such as sustainability. As we move toward basin-scale ocean-observing, efficient and consistent monitoring and predicting of the planet’s ocean is essential and should include commonly-accepted methods leading to interoperability and reproducibility.

The Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS) is a global, sustained system comprising technological solutions and community approaches to facilitate the use of commonly-accepted methods as well as support the development of ocean best practices. In July 2019, the Ocean Best Practice System (OBPS) became a project under the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission as an international project co-sponsored by the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the International Ocean Data and Information Exchange (IODE).

The OBPS Vision is “a future where there are agreed and broadly adopted methods across ocean research, operations and applications”. The OBPS Mission is to sustain an evolving system which fosters collaboration, consensus building, and innovation by providing coordinated and global access to best practices and standards across ocean sciences and applications.

The OBPS supports the ocean community in sharing methods and developing best practices. OBPS provides publication, discovery and access to relevant and tested methods, from observation to application, as well as a foundation for increasing capacity. For more information, visit

The breadth of the system is illustrated in the diagram, which includes a permanent OBPS repository hosted by IODE including state-of- the-art semantic discovery and metadata indexing, a peer-reviewed Research Topic in the Frontiers in Marine Science Journal and a web-based resource for training and capacity development based on the IODE Ocean- Teacher Global Academy. These capabilities support the EuroSea objective of documenting fit-for-purpose best practices across the value chain from observations to data management to applications for understanding the state and potential of our oceans.