Interagency Coordination

The federal ocean policy structure provides one venue for facilitating interagency coordination, such as the Interagency Working Group on Ocean and Coastal Mapping (IWG-OCM). The IWG-OCM is a working group of the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST); SOST serves as the Ocean Science and Technology Interagency Policy Committee (OST-IPC) of the National Ocean Council. The IWG-OCM was established by SOST in 2006 to "facilitate the coordination of ocean and coastal mapping activities and avoid duplicating mapping activities across the Federal sector as well as with State, industry, academic and non-governmental (NGO) mapping interests." (National Ocean and Coastal Mapping Strategic Action Plan 2009).

In January 2009, the IWG-OCM released a National Ocean and Coastal Mapping Strategic Action Plan. As part of their efforts to begin the development of coordinated and comprehensive ocean and coastal mapping plan, later that year the group held a National Ocean and Coastal Mapping Workshop, which is summarized in the workshop synopsis.

Another on-going effort of the IWG-OCM is the development of an Ocean and Coastal Mapping Inventory. The IWG-OCM first held workshops in 2007 and 2008, with additional workshops in 2011 and 2012. For more information on the inventory development efforts, please click here.

Members of the IWG-OCM include:

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