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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



Assistant/Associate Professor of Aquatic/Coastal Biogeochemist at Coastal Carolina University, USA

The College of Science and the School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science (SCMSS) at Coastal Carolina University invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty position with expertise in aquatic and/or coastal biogeochemistry. Appointment will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor depending on experience and will begin Spring 2017. 

Final chance for comment of the oceanographic community: Implementation plan for NASA-funded “EXport Processes in the Ocean from RemoTe Sensing” (EXPORTS)

The goal of the “EXport Processes in the Ocean from RemoTe Sensing” (EXPORTS) field campaign is to develop a predictive understanding of the export and fate of net primary production and its implications for the ocean’s carbon cycle. EXPORTS builds upon decades of NASA-supported research assessing global NPP. The EXPORTS Science Plan has already been thoroughly vetted by the community. 

NASA formed a Science Definition Team (SDT) to draft an Implementation Plan for EXPORTS. A draft of that plan is now available for comment. 


Introduction to Flow Cytometry for Aquatic Sciences

September 12-16, 2016

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, East Boothbay, Maine, USA


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Job opportunity: Postdoc position (2yrs) in paleo biogeochemical modeling at University of Kiel, Germany

The position is in the framework of the Priority Program 'Antarctic research with comparative investigations in Arctic ice areas' (ANTARCTIC; SPP 1158) (website in German) funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG). 
An ocean biogeochemical model will be further developed (inclusion of Si-Isotopes) and applied to different climate/ocean circulation regimes to investigate changes in water mass structure and nutrient utilization.




Read the current and previous issues of POGO's newsletter




Next year's annual meeting (POGO-18) will take place from 24-26 January 2017 and will be hosted by Plymouth Marine Laboratory, United Kingdom.

Side meetings for the Executive and Finance Committees will take place on 23 and 27 January 2017


The New POGO Strategy Document is now available



“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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