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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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Ningaloo Niño – the story behind the massive 2011 WA marine heatwave

Ningaloo Niño – the story behind the massive 2011 WA marine heatwave


Abnormal climatic conditions in the Indian and Pacific Oceans during the 2010-2011 La Niña event combined to create the extreme marine heatwave seen off the Western Australia coast in 2011, according to a new paper published in Nature Scientific Reports.


Lead author Dr Ming Feng, from CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans Flagship, says the marine heatwave was driven by unusual features in the Leeuwin Current  - a warm ocean current which flows southwards near the west coast of Australia – which was affected by extreme ocean and atmospheric conditions in the Pacific and Indian Ocean during the 2010-2011 La Niña.  


In memoriam Carlo Heip, NIOZ

We have to announce the sad message of Carlo's passing, on Friday 15th of February. Our thoughts are with his family, who have surrounded him with care during his fatal illness.

The funeral service will take place at the 'Kasteel van Brasschaat', Gemeentepark 5, 2930 Brasschaat, Belgium on Wednesday 20 February 2013, at 11.00 am.


Postdoc in Ocean Biogeochemical Data Assimilation, Bern, Switzerland

A fascinating challenge is the quantification of ocean dynamics and ocean biogeochemical fluxes for a better understanding of carbon cycle-climate feedbacks and for improved climate projections. The University of Bern offers the opportunity to assimilate biogeochemical tracers into the Bern3D Earth System Model of Intermediate Complexity.

Two Faculty Positions in Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

The Department of Physical and Environmental Science (http://www.pens.tamucc.edu) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions in Atmospheric Sciences to begin in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014.


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The next annual meeting (POGO-19) will take place from 23-25 January 2018 and will be hosted by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA.


Side meetings for the Executive and Finance Committees will take place on 22 and 26 January 2018


The POGO Strategy Document can be downloaded here



“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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