Ocean resources provide jobs, goods and services for billions of people around the world and have immense economic importance. There resources include food, fuel, renewable energy, minerals, sand and gravel and tourism. Sustainable development and management of ocean resources is widely recognized by the international community and required for sustained human well-being.
Management of ocean resources requires a diverse network of sustained ocean observations that includes satellite measurements, buoys and deep ocean sensors. These measurements provide information that can be used by resource managers and industry to locate and responsibility utilizes ocean resources. Ocean observation data and information can also be used by policy makers as a basis for improved regulation of ocean resources.