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POGO: Taking the Pulse of the Global Ocean


For more than a decade, the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans, POGO, has served as a forum for leaders of major oceanographic institutions around the world to promote global oceanography, particularly the implementation of international and integrated global ocean observing systems. POGO is an international network of collaborators who foster partnerships that advance efficiency and effectiveness in studying and monitoring the world’s oceans on a global scale. Through its efforts, POGO has promoted observations underpinning ocean and climate science, interpreted scientific results for decision makers, provided training and technology transfer to emerging economies, and built awareness of the many challenges still ahead.


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Ocean Observation News



Team DuraFET Awarded $250,000 in Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

Team DuraFET, a collective of environmental and technology leaders from Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON), Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, and Sea-Bird Scientific, has been awarded $250,000 in the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE for its development of advanced deep-sea pH sensor technologies (SeaFET, SeapHOx and Deep-Sea DuraFET).

Postdoctoral Position in Biogeochemical Silver Nanoparticle Research at The Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)

Topic: Investigation into behaviour, fate and ecological effects of silver nanoparticles in marine waters

Starting on January 1st 2016

Deadline for applications: 30/07/2015

Two Postdoctoral Researcher Positions at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

There are two open Postdoctoral Researcher Positions in the Ocean Biogeochemsitry group at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology:

1. On the development of a new parameterization of sinking velocity and remineralization of marine aggregates, for full description go to:


Postdoc investigator position at Columbia University's Data Science Institute and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Columbia University's Data Science Institute and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seek a postdoctoral investigator interested in studying oceanic sub-mesoscale processes and the spatial heterogeneity of marine phytoplankton visible in satellite imagery. This cross-disciplinary research project will apply Bayesian machine learning techniques to satellite observations in order to infer unknown physical and ecosystem parameters, with the goal of improving understanding of submesoscale physics and biology. The position will be jointly supervised by Profs.




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Next year's annual meeting, POGO-17 will take place from 26-28 January 2016 and will be hosted by JAMSTEC, Japan.



“The biggest challenge is how to manage the oceans given that most of the world's population will be using and living next to an ocean in the next 50 years or so. We have to use our oceans in a sustainable manner, and that means first they have to be observed properly. We can't just use an ocean to decimation, without realizing what is happening. The challenge is to develop capacity and knowledge and establish where we should be observing our oceans.

One of the most important things is having consistent long-term observation. We need to link up old observations and monitor the changes in things like currents and hydrography in these areas, to investigate if the observations are related to a real trend or shift or just an anomaly in the system. POGO members are endeavouring to link all the long-term data sets in the world so that the data can be accessed more readily.”



Prof. Karen Wiltshire, POGO Chair, 2015-2016

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