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Oceans of Impact

The ocean has been experiencing substantial changes in marine physics, chemistry and biology including ocean acidification, rising seawater temperature, ocean deoxygenation and sea level rise. These four, often interacting factors, are expected to increase over the coming decades depending on the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It is imperative that international decision-makers and stakeholders understand the enormous role the ocean plays in sustaining life on Earth, and the consequences of a high CO2 world for the ocean and society.


In December 2018, POGO attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting (UNFCCC) in Katowice, more commonly referred to as COP24.  We co-hosted an exhibition stand entitled 'Oceans of Impact' in collaboration with our international partners*, and presenting an overview of these four stressors, their impact and options for next steps:


Download the Oceans of Impact guide (pdf - 3MB).


*The international partnership consists of:

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans

BIOACID - Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification (the German research network on ocean acidifiction, 20 partner institutes from Germany)

UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme  

Global Ocean Acidification - Observing Network


COP24 Side event

Tuesday 4 December at 16:45 UTC+01 (local time in Katowice)

"Enhancing ocean and climate observing in developing nations using low-cost technologies and capacity development"

POGO and AOSED are both organisations working to develop/deploy low-cost technologies & provide capacity development for ocean & climate observing in coastal waters of developing nations. In this session, representatives will share their perspectives & experience. Stakeholders from these nations are invited to discuss their resource management needs.


The event will be webcast live via the official UNFCC portal: https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/parties-non-party-stakeholders/n..., and will be available in the archive thereafter.


COP24 Side Event Flyer

COP24 Side Event agenda



Related publications:

Produced by Blue Planet & POGO

Download the Blue Planet Ocean Observations brochure (1.7MB).


Produced by Sea Change Project:



500 Years of Ocean Change



Make a Sea Change in the Office



Make a Sea Change in the Supermarket



Make a Sea Change on the Commute


 Human Health and the Ocean

 Ocean Literacy


 Link to more Sea Change Ocean Literacy resources: leaflets, brochures, videos etc

Link to POGO publications


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