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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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Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Oceans: Open Stakeholder Consultation

The FP7-funded project which is supporting the setting-up phase of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on Oceans, has launched a consultation to collect the view of the marine and maritime community on the potential role that JPI Oceans can play in the European and international research and innovation landscape, including infrastructures for research and monitoring, human capacities and development of science to inform policy.


Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research welcomes the Nippon Foundation and POGO to Helgoland

In Brief:
• Nippon Foundation and Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) visits the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Helgoland
• AWI is formally announced by the Nippon Foundation to be the new partner and host Phase II of the NF-POGO Centre of Excellence of Observational Oceanography


Vote for Oceanography Game!

UEA have an exhibit as part of our oceanography outreach effort at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition next week (http://sse.royalsociety.org/2013/exhibits/salty-ocean/).  Our theme is A Pinch of Salt, about how salinity affects buoyancy in the ocean and drives ocean circulation.  Ocean gliders are a centrepiece of the exhibit.


Mid-Term Review of Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Programme

DFID, NERC and ESRC are seeking to commission an independent external Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Programme. The Review is being managed by the ESRC on behalf of the funders.


ESPA is a seven-year £40.5 million investment. It aims to deliver high-quality, cutting-edge research that will improve understanding of the way ecosystems function, the services they provide and their relationship with the political economy and sustainable growth. ESPA's research will provide the evidence and tools to enable decision-makers to manage ecosystems sustainably and in a way that contributes to poverty alleviation.


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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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