National interests in marine affairs are co-ordinated through the
Inter-Agency Committee on Marine
Science and Technology (IACMST) which maintains an overview
of marine activities across Government. Some 14 Government departments
or agencies (including the Met Office) are members of IACMST. It
encourages links between Government and the national marine community,
as well as international links.
IACMST has two action groups to which the Met Office contributes,
its GOOS AG (Global Ocean Observing System Action Group) is the
UK national GOOS co-ordinating committee
and its MED AG (Marine Environmental Data) Action Group is
concerned with improving access to marine environmental data.