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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



Alfred Wegener Institute: Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is cordially invited to consider becoming a Participating University in the proposed WCCC Scholarship Program

University Registration for the World Climate Change Challenge, under & post graduate Scholarship Program for students from Developing Countries wishing to undertake climate mitigation & adaptation fields of study, at a world class international university is closing on Wednesday May 11th. Germany contributed USD1 billion to the Green Climate Fund, which was established to assist Developing Countries further develop their capacities to fight climate change.

Ocean Massive Open Online Course starting April 25th

The Kiel cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" has produced a global learning opportunity (MOOC, Massive Open Online Course) with its partners and the SDSN. 

The MOOC teaching language is English, but GEOMAR provides translations to Spanish, Italian, German and Chinese.  The course is free, runs at your pace, build on high school knowledge and hopefully will help to build a global learning platform. 


Two Open Seawater CO2 Chemistry Tech. Positions at University of Bergen

The Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, has two vacant Chief Engineer positions, one for Norwegian Marine ICOS, and one for ICOS Ocean Thematic Centre (OTC). The Norwegian Marine ICOS engineer will be technically responsible for autonomous pCO2 systems installed onboard four vessels that operates in the northern North Atlantic, Nordic Seas and the Arctic. The engineer will work in close cooperation with the scientific principal investigator of each line. Specific tasks are: 

Review of SCOR Working Group Proposals

11 proposals were submitted for consideration as new SCOR working groups and are now available for review.  The proposals can be downloaded individually and in a compiled set of proposals from the meeting Web site at http://www.scor-int.org/Annual%20Meetings/2016GM/SCOR_GM_2016.html. Rev... are due to Ed Urban, SCOR Executive Director, by 1 August 2016.




Read the current and previous issues of POGO's newsletter




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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