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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



Scientific employee (PhD-candidate) position, Marine Biogeochemical Modelling, GEOMAR, Germany

Deadline: 25.08.2017


GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is offering a Scientific employee (PhD-candidate) position in the Marine Biogeochemical Modelling unit of the Marine Biogeochemistry research division. The position offers the possibility to attain a doctoral degree in natural sciences.


Ocean Optics Class of 2017

The Ocean Optics 2017 training course entitled "Calibration & Validation for Ocean Color Remote Sensing" takes place at the University of Maine's Darling Marine Center from 10 July to 4 August 2017.

As the course progresses, the Powerpoint presentations from all the lectures plus the recordings and the lab's printed materials will be posted and publicly available at:



Ocean observing network technical coordination, JCOMMOPS/WMO, Geneva, Switzerland

Closing date: 24 July 2017


The Marine and Ocean Meteorological Observations and Data Management (MAR) Unit of the WMO Observing Systems Division (OSD), is seeking an Associate Technical Coordinator (Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) and OceanSITES), MAR/OSD/OBS.


The post is based in Geneva, Switzerland, with a possibility of relocation to Brest, France.


For full details of the post, and information on how to apply, visit the WMO recruitment portal: 

Lecturer in Marine Science, University of Otago, New Zealand

Applications are invited from appropriately qualified and enthusiastic candidates for a confirmation path, full-time position of Lecturer in the Department of Marine Science Te Tari Pūtaiao Taimoana at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

The University of Otago is one of New Zealand’s largest and most research-intensive universities, currently enjoying a high position in the QS World University ranking in the top 1%. It is a leader across all fields of academic endeavour regularly topping the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission’s education performance indicators.


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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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