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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



Article in New York Times on Deep Sea Exploration

Dr. Tony Haymet, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and former Chairman of POGO, wrote an article published in the New York Times on deep ocean exploration, after James Cameron became the first human to return to the Challenger Deep in over 52 years (25 March 2012).

Deep-diving ocean gliders tracking ocean currents

Deep-diving ocean "gliders" have revealed the journey of Bass Strait water from the Tasman Sea to the Indian Ocean. Deployed in 2010 and 2011, the gliders have also profiled a 200-metre tall wall of water at the core of long-lived ocean eddies formed from the East Australian Current. The study, by University of Technology Sydney and CSIRO oceanographers, revealed the value of new sensors being deployed by Australia's Integrated Marine Observing System. See full press release.

GEOMAR research on adaptation of cold-water corals to ocean acidification

Are cold-water corals able to withstand ocean acidification? A long-term experiment carried out at the German Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) showed that the species Lophelia pertusa continues growth when exposed to CO2-induced ocean acidification. This unexpected finding is now published by GEOMAR scientists in “Global Change Biology”. In a new series of experiments, they will analyse how the corals react to combined changes in carbon dioxide concentration, temperature and food availability as projected to occur during the next decades to centuries.

Microbial Oceanography Summer Course

As part of the its Summer Course Series BIOS will again be offering a class in Microbial Oceanography. Further information can be found at http://www.bios.edu/education/summer_courses.html. The course is geared towards advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students. Please contact education{at}bios.edu with any questions regarding the summer course series and for scholarship information. Applications are currently being accepted.


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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


Final Agenda available here


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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