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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



Sci PI position open at MBARI

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) seeks a Principal Investigator (PI) to develop and direct a marine carbon cycle research team.  A Ph.D. in the physical or biological sciences, D. Eng., or equivalent is required. Applicants who are at an early stage in their career (equivalent to assistant professor) with a demonstrated ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment are highly encouraged to respond.


Postdoc opportunity: Southern Ocean air-sea exchange

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We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to contribute to the modeling component of an ambitious new observational program called ORCAS: The O2/N2 Ratio and CO2 Airborne Southern Ocean Study.  


ORCAS seeks to quantify air-sea fluxes of oxygen and carbon dioxide over the Southern Ocean by measuring the seasonal evolution of atmospheric composition from aircraft.


Postdoctoral position available with SOCCOM

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The University of Arizona, Princeton University, and NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) are seeking applicants for a post-doctoral research scientist to assist development of the Southern Ocean simulation of a new high-ocean resolution climate model by making use of observational constraints and simulations including some from a global climate model incorporating a 1/10 degree ocean component.


The position is with the University of Arizona and funded through an NSF grant focused on the Southern Ocean (SOCCOM). The post-doc will be located in Princeton and associated with the Climate Processes and Sensitivity Group at GFDL.

Applicants should have a PhD in atmospheric sciences, oceanography or related science. Candidates should possess (a) a good understanding of climate variability and change and associated ocean dynamics with a focus on the complex processes active in the Southern Ocean, and (b) the ability to analyze global climate simulations by making use of climate and oceanographic datasets. 

Arctic Research Program Director, ZP-V, NOAA's Climate Program Office

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NOAA's Climate Program Office (CPO) has a vacancy for a Physical Scientist to serve as

Director of CPO's Arctic Research program. The individual selected for this position will:

    • Provide guidance and mission leadership, management oversight and direction in

overall day-to day management of CPO’s Arctic Research Program.

    • Provide  strategic leadership for OAR’s Arctic research activities

    • Contribute leadership towards NOAA’s Arctic Science enterprise in collaboration

with NOAA senior officials  including the NOAA Arctic Advisor and NOAA Chief

Research Scientist

    • Contribute to, or develop, strategic vision and other planning and budget documents

and presentations to guide programs.

    • Represent the program and NOAA at intra-and inter-agency international meetings,

including a potential leadership role in the Inter-agency Arctic Research Policy

Committee observations group; and attend scientific and programmatic  meetings

nationally or internationally.

    • Develop, maintain and/or advance the creation of new productive partnerships within

and external to NOAA addressing current research directions, science and

implementation plans

    • Propose defend and manage the program budget, administer financial awards,

developAnnouncements of Opportunities and monitor project performance; ensure

effective timely and economical accomplishments of program objectives.

    • Author scientific and technical papers and posters communicating program progress

and achievements to a broad audience.




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The POGO-SCOR Fellowships Programme for 2015 is open for applications.

Applications should be received by 31st March 2015.



Next year's annual meeting, POGO-17 will take place from 26-28 January 2016 and will be hosted by JAMSTEC, Japan.



"The health of our planet depends upon the health of our Oceans.  The Oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface and the top few metres of ocean surface store thousands of times more heat than the entire atmosphere. The Oceans also store a large part of the carbon dioxide emitted by our industries and play a crucial role in global warming. The Oceans are a vital source of essential human food: proteins and fatty acids for our diets and development.  We need to develop indicators of Ocean health in order to take timely action.

It is therefore important for us to systematically observe the health of the Oceans in order to understand the processes that underpin our climate, our wellbeing and our Earth System. POGO members around the world are committed to meeting this challenge."


John Field, POGO Chairman 2013-2014

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