Numerical modeling is vital to achieving the U.S.
IOOS® goals of predicting, understanding and adapting
to change in the ocean and Great Lakes. In the next
decade IOOS should cultivate a holistic approach to
coastal ocean prediction, and encourage more balanced
investment among the observing, modeling and
information management subsystems. We believe the
vision of a prediction framework driven by
observations, and leveraging advanced technology and
understanding of the ocean and Great Lakes, would lead
to a new era for IOOS that would not only produce
more powerful information, but would also capture
broad community support, particularly from the general
public, thus allowing IOOS to develop into the
comprehensive information system that was envisioned
at the outset.