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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



Upper Ocean Turbulence - Summer School in Gdansk, Poland

The Summer School will take place on July 25 - August 12, 2016. The purpose of this school is to teach a group of up to 20 students (graduate students and scientists) in the art of turbulence theory and turbulence measurements. The program includes a 2 week intensive training period (25 July – 5 August) with lectures by a diverse set of international experts that intend to cover a broad spectrum of problems ranging from application of spectral methods in turbulence data analysis to numerical methods in turbulence research.

PostDoc in Lake Remote Sensing and Modelling, University of Waikato, New Zealand

The Environmental Research Institute at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, is seeking a (Post-doctoral) Research Fellow who is experienced in application of models to aquatic systems and who can lead a team involved in research into lake water quality. The successful person will be expected to manage a number of model applications to lakes in the Waikato region of New Zealand and to further our expertise in satellite- and drone-based remote sensing through ground truthing and algorithm development.

Postdoctoral Position at GEOMAR, Kiel

A Postdoctoral position is available within the German Research Foundation (DFG) collaborative research centre (SFB) 754: Climate-Biogeochemical Interactions in the Tropical Ocean. Topic: Investigation into carbon export using Thorium 234 in the Peruvian Oxygen Minimum Zone. Starting July 1, 2016. Job Description / Duties: The candidate will be part of a biogeochemical oceanography team that investigates the behaviour of nutrients and carbon species, trace elements and nanoparticles in the oceans.

PhD Position (GEOTRACES) at GEOMAR, Kiel

The research unit “Chemical Oceanography” is offering a PhD Position funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; German Research Foundation).
Topic: Investigation into the distribution, behaviour and fate of trace elements in the Southeast Atlantic Ocean as part of the International GEOTRACES Programme




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Next year's annual meeting (POGO-18) will take place from 26-28 January 2017 and will be hosted by Plymouth Marine Laboratory, United Kingdom.


The New POGO Strategy Document is now available



“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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