The International South Atlantic Buoy Programme was accepted as Regional Action Group of the WMO-IOC Data Buoy Co-operation Panel. It serves the participants in the programme and contributes to the World Weather Watch Programme, to the Global Ocean Observing System and the Global Climate Observing System, as well as to the World Climate Research Programme, as appropriate. The Programme developes its procedures, policies and practices and defines a framework for contributions by the participants.
Participants elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson, who with two elected persons form the Steering Group. The Steering Group appoint a Programme Co-ordinator. The Steering Group determine the terms of reference for the Programme Co-ordinator for approval by the participants. The Steering Group provide guidance to the Programme Co-ordinator who acts as the focal point for the programme during intercessional periods on matters related to the operation of the programme.
The Programme Co-ordinator may be requested to monitor the network, to advise the participants of the need for redeployments, to facilitate co-operative arrangements to maintain the network, to co-ordinate overall data management and to organize an annual meeting.
See the ISABP operating principles.