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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



8 Job Vacancies, VLIZ, Belgium

Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) will apply a new mission and strategic goals from January 1st 2017 onward. Due to the lofty ambitions of these new targets, the initiative has led to the creation of eight job vacancies.

The eight roles are:

Post-Doctoral Position at GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany

The scientist position is available in the research unit Marine Meteorology and the working group “Climate Modelling”. The goal of the position is to couple the atmosphere model IFS (Integrated Forecasting System) developed at the EZMWF with the ocean model NEMO to study internal and externally forced climate variability. The coupled model also will be applied to study seasonal to decadal climate predictability. Moreover, comparisons with other climate models will be performed.

PhD Position at GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany

In the frame of recently funded EU-H2020-MSC-ITN project MarPipe (Improving the flow in the pipeline of the next generation of marine biodiscovery scientists), GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is offering a
Early Stage Researcher (ESR) - PhD position starting on 1. April 2017.




Read the current and previous issues of POGO's newsletter




This week the annual meeting (POGO-18) is taking place from 24-26 January 2017 and is hosted by Plymouth Marine Laboratory, United Kingdom.

Side meetings for the Executive and Finance Committees will take place on 23 and 27 January 2017


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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