The RCN will be a long-term international forum on observatories, data, modeling and information for scientists and users of ocean information. Broad participation of physical and biological/biogeochemical oceanographers in the RCN is essential. Inclusion of nonscientist end users and decision makers in the RCN will be strongly encouraged.

The RCN is initially constituted by Steering Committee and senior network members.

A list of current participants will be maintained on the RCN electronic repository (e.g. this website).

Additional network membership is expected to include scientists from current observing systems and also data and information users from government, industry and education and research institutions. These will initially be solicited though contacts by the Steering Committee and the senior network members.