Welcome to POGO

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.


Executive CommitteeMembers - News & Information Group - POGO Secretariat

Ocean Observation News



Science Officer in the Technical Support Unit, IPCC WGI, Paris, France

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is beginning its Sixth Assessment cycle. Working Group I (WGI) assesses the physical scientific aspects of the climate system and climate change.


The WGI Technical Support Unit (TSU), which provides the scientific, technical and organizational support of the activities and products of the WGI, is located at the University of Paris-Saclay, France.


Postdoc in Earth System Modelling, GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany

GEOMAR is looking for a motivated and ambitious postdoctoral scientist in Earth System Modeling within the German PalMod project. This position is initially limited to 3 years and is devoted to understanding the role and mechanisms of the carbon cycle-climate feedback during glacial cycles, with the specific goal to investigate the effects of changes in elemental stoichiometry of marine plankton dynamics in response to changes in environmental conditions.


PhD in marine ecology/bentho-pelagic coupling, AWI (Germany)

Filter feeders such as sponges and corals are the backbone of rich epibenthic communities, but the processes governing the fluxes of organic and inorganic materials across the epibenthic filter are only poorly understood. This PhD position will close this gap for a range of filter-feeding communities, using in situ methods to study the role of the cold-water coral Desmophyllum dianthus as a filter for organic material in Chile, and the role of heterotrophy in allowing coral calcification in acidified waters.

Natural Product Chemist / Project manager, GEOMAR (Germany)

The research unit in GEOMAR Kiel are seeking an experienced candidate with demonstrated expertise in marine natural product chemistry/biotechnology and project management to carry out project management and research tasks in two European blue biotechnology projects funded by INTERREG BSR (Baltic Blue Biotechnology Alliance) and Horizon2020 (BLUE&GREEN).




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

Website hosted & developed by VLIZ