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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.


Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans is a charitable incorporated organisation registered and regulated by the Charity Commission of England and Wales, No 1171692


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Ocean Observation News



New global plankton atlas (MAREDAT) in "Earth System Science Data (ESSD)"

An international team of researchers from more than 80 oceanographic institutions and marine laboratories across 19 countries has produced the first global atlas of marine plankton.


They have made the atlas freely available through the open access "Earth System Science Data"  journal. The new MAREDAT (Marine Ecosystem Data, an essential element of the Marine Ecosystem Model Inter-comparison Project, MAREMIP) atlas covers 11 types of plankton, ranging in size from bacteria to jellyfish.

Discover the underwater robots of tomorrow

Within the framework of the European project MORPH, discover the underwater robots of tomorrow with CETSM!


From July 22 to 27 at Ifremer La Seyne-sur-Mer, European Centre for Underwater Technology, 32 researchers from five countries (Portugal, Germany, Spain, Italy, France) test set for the first time at sea ten underwater robots.

Underwater Gliders Usher in a New Era in Ocean Observing for Texas A&M

After tests about 40 miles offshore Galveston, Texas A&M oceanographers declared two new Slocum gliders ready to deploy in the Gulf of Mexico.


A team of scientists and technicians from the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG), Department of Oceanography, and Texas A&M-Galveston used the NOAA research vessel Manta to test the gliders. The yellow, missile-shaped devices are autonomous underwater vehicles that operate by using an internal pumping system to change the buoyancy, allowing it to move horizontally and vertically.


Concept submissions for the Ocean Challenge: Mitigating Acidification Impacts

Deadline Approaching - Concept submissions for the Ocean Challenge: Mitigating Acidification Impacts, are due Wednesday, July 31st. Visit the submission website at: http://www.pgafamilyfoundation.org/oceanchallenge/ for further details.


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POGO featured in Journal of Ocean Technology, Spring Issue 2018


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“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, 2015-2018

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