SOOS has three categories within which all activities are carried out. Each group involves a multinational and multidisciplinary community working towards SOOS objectives. All of these groups are open for involvement and input:
Regional Working Groups: Coordinate, implement and enhance the observing system in a defined region. Membership is open, and we aim to have representation from all nations working in the region, and expertise across all disciplines.
Capability Working Groups: Develop important capabilities for SOOS, including (i) developing and implementing technologies, (ii) improving observational design, efficiency and coverage, and (iii) developing methods for managing and disseminating information. Membership is open and we aim for have broad national and disciplinary representation.
Task Teams: A small group of experts assembled for a short time period (weeks/months) to produce specific products, organise events, or solve a particular problem.