The mission of the Glider DAC is to provide glider operators with a simple process for submitting glider data sets to a centralized location, enabling the data to be visualized, analyzed, widely distributed via existing web services and the Global Telecommunications System (GTS) and archived at the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).

As scientists deploy more gliders, they are revolutionizing how we observe our ocean. This data creates a more complete picture of what is happening in the ocean, especially below the surface. The robots collect information by profiling the water from the surface to deep water, at lower cost and less risk than ever before. Currently, the IOOS Regional Associations (RAs), which conduct a combination of routine, sustained, and event driven monitoring, are the main contributors to the IOOS glider DAC. The IOOS Underwater Glider Network Map is a collaborative effort and includes current and historical glider missions dating back to 2005 from Gulf of Mexico (GCOOS), Southern California (SCCOOS), Northern Pacific (NANOOS), Central and Northern California (CeNCOOS), Great Lakes (GLOS), Mid-Atlantic (MARACOOS) and the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Lab (AOML). The gliders displayed have been funded by U.S. IOOS, NOAA, ONR, NSF, EPA, various universities, state agencies and industries.

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