Global system for observations, modeling and analysis of marine and ocean variables to support operational ocean services
The WAGOOS organization was conceived to help coordinate and improve local knowledge of coastal seas. At present, it is an informal body consisting of university, industry, and government agency representatives.
The goal is to establish the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) in Western Australia to benefit the State and Australia as a whole.
GOOS is an international programme preparing the permanent global framework of observations, modelling and analysis of ocean variables needed to support operational ocean services.
An example of a GOOS-like programme is the worldwide deployment of ARGO floats.
In January 2007 Nick D'Adamo replaced William Erb as Officer in Charge of the Perth Regional Programme Office of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, sponsored jointly with UNESCO IOC by the Western Australian State Government and Australian Bureau of Meteorology. The link between oceanic and atmospheric processes, biodiversity conservation, ecologically sustainable utilization of marine natural resources, and the characterization and modeling of bio-physical processes significant to natural and human populations underpins Dr. D'Adamo's interests and responsibilities through the UNESCO IOC Perth Office. The Office continues to explore and promote new initiatives to expand on the IOC's existing regionalized portfolio out of Perth and Australia, acting as a regional focal point for the surrounding southern hemisphere region.
Dr. D'Adamo came to IOC after 25 years investigating and modeling physical and biological processes in pristine and degraded water systems in and around Australia and Europe — including stratified and well mixed inland, coastal, and open ocean waterways. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in engineering from the University of Western Australia and earned his Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has worked with Western Australian environmental protection agencies on multi-disciplinary environmental impact and management studies and with biodiversity conservation agencies focusing on the establishment of multiple-use Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). He was also instrumental in coordinating multi-disciplinary marine research and monitoring protocols and programs within a comprehensive MPA program for Western Australia. The range of MPAs included tropical, mixed, and temperate ecosystems as part of the Australian National Representative System of MPAs.