Welcome to POGO


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.


Executive CommitteeMembers - News & Information Group - POGO Secretariat 

Ocean Observation News



Research Scientist & PostDoc Positions at GEOMAR

Research Scientist position in “Biogeochemical processes in marine sediments” & Postdoctoral Position in Chemical Oceanography available at GEOMAR. Read more.

Funding Support for the 2016 Cornell Summer Satellite Remote Sensing Training Course

The Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program (www.us-ocb.org) will support up to eight U.S. students or postdocs to participate in the 2016 Cornell Summer Satellite Remote Sensing Training Course

Researcher in ocean carbon cycle research at the Geophysical Institute, Bergen, Norway

There is a vacancy for a temporary research position at the Geophysical Institute (www.uib.no/gfi/en) within the field of the marine carbon cycle. The position is for a period of 2.5 years. The position is linked to the project "Biogeochemical Change and Detection (BIGCHANGE)”, funded by a strategic grant from the Centre for Climate Dynamics at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research.


Project/work tasks

Glider Swarm tracks newborn Eddy

Using seven autonomous measuring platforms, so-called ocean gliders, oceanographers from Kiel and Bremen for the first time managed to document the formation of a nearly 100-kilometer wide eddy off the coast of Peru. These eddies are important for the transport of oxygen, nutrients and heat through the oceans.




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

Website hosted & developed by VLIZ