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POGO: Taking the Pulse of the Global Ocean

Since 1999, 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.


Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans is a charitable incorporated organisation registered and regulated by the Charity Commission of England and Wales, No 1171692


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PostDoc Position (3 yrs) in Climate and Ocean Modeling at the National Institute for Space Research, Brazil

One postdoc position is offered in the working group ‘Global Ocean-Atmosphere Coupled Modeling', National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Cachoeira Paulista, SP, Brazil.

SAMS becomes a UNU associated institution

World first for Scottish marine research


Today SAMS and the United Nations University (UNU) signed a memorandum of understanding making SAMS the first marine research institute to become an associated institution of the UNU.

Window on future ocean change

First long-term experiment with GEOMAR mesocosms off Sweden investigates effects of ocean acidification on plankton communities


From January to June 2013, more than 60 European scientists will conduct a worldwide unique long-term experiment on ocean acidification at the west coast of Sweden. To study how natural marine communities develop in response to acidifying waters, the scientists will deploy a large-scale mesocosm facility in the Gullmar Fjord. The field experiment, which takes place in the framework of the German project on ocean acidification BIOACID (Biological Impacts of Ocean ACIDification), is coordinated by GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel.

Newsletter 11, January 2013

The 11th issue of the POGO Newsletter is now available to download. This issue provides reports on the Kick-Off Symposium for the GEO Task "Oceans and Society: Blue Planet", the 2012 POGO-GreenSeas-AMT Fellowship, the 18th Conference of the Parties in Doha, the SOOS "Seeing Below the Ice" workshop and the Argo "millionth profile" celebrations.  


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POGO featured in Journal of Ocean Technology, Spring Issue 2018


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“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, 2015-2018

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