The Maritime Alliance in conjunction with ERISS Corporation has just concluded the first phase of The Ocean Enterprise: A study of US Business activity in ocean measurement, observation and forecasting. Sponsored by U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), this first of its kind study will help determine the extent of United States private sector activity in support of ocean measurement, observation and forecasting and the use of ocean information to deliver safety, economic and environmental benefits.
Phase one of the study identified approximately 600 private sector firms that fall into one of two categories: providers or intermediaries. Providers of infrastructure include manufacturers of sensors, instruments and platforms those building, deploying and operating observing systems; providers of the data infrastructure that manages and communicates ocean data and organizations that develop and maintain the data management systems, software tools and models that are used to turn these data into useful information. Intermediaries are those firms that make use of ocean, coastal and Great Lakes measurements, observations and models as an input to the creation of value-added information products.
The second phase of this study will begin in April and will be focused on surveying the firms identified in phase one in an effort to quantify the impact they have on the U.S. economy.
For more information or to register for inclusion in the phase two survey go to: www.usworks.com/usioos .