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POGO: Taking the Pulse of the Global Ocean

Since 1999, the Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean, 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 Ocean 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



CSIRO research on long-term changes in ocean salinity reveals impacts on the water cycle

A paper was published by CSIRO and IMAS (Australia) scientists in Science on 27 April. Using Argo and other long-term salinity data, they showed that "the water-rich were getting richer, and the water-poor were getting poorer". Click on the following links to read the Science paper and the accompanying News and Analysis article.

GEOMAR Study on Phytoplankton Reveals Potential for Adaptation to Ocean Acidification

Scientists of the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) conducted a one year CO2 selection experiment using the calcifying microalgae Emiliania huxleyi and uncovered an enormous potential for adaptation to rapidly changing environments in this important phytoplankton species. After 500 generations under controlled CO2 conditions adapted cultures grew and calcified significantly better compared non-adapted control cultures when tested under ocean acidification conditions.

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.


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The next POGO Annual Meeting (POGO-22) will take place at the Oceanology Division of The Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada (CICESE), Mexico, 25-28 January 2021.


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