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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



PostDoc Position in Biogeochemistry at GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany

Starting September 1st, 2016, the research division “Marine Biogeochemistry” is offering a Postdoc Position to investigate marine nitrous oxide cycling in oxygen minimum zones. This position will be held in the ‘Chemical Oceanography’ and ‘Biogeochemical Modelling’ research units. The closing date for applications is 3rd august 2016. This position will combine field based measurements with modelling approaches. Under the guidance of Prof. Dr.

Vacant Positions at the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, Norway

Several positions are open at the  Institute of Marine Research, Norway's largest centre of marine science. 


Positions include:

Chemical oceanography, trends in ocean acidification carbonate chemistry in Norwegian and polar waters, 2-year postdoc

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) has available a 2 year position (with an option for 2 years extension), a postdoctoral related to studies of variations, drivers, and trends of ocean acidification and carbon chemistry in Norwegian waters and in the Arctic Ocean.


PostDoc's in Marine Biogeochemistry at Universities of Liverpool and Southampton, UK

Recently funded by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), ZIPLOc is a UK-based multi-institutional project, with strong collaborative links to partners at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (USA), Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (USA) and Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environment (France). The aim is to combine novel observational and modelling experiments to quantify how phosphorus, zinc and iron co-limitation affects contemporary and future biological productivity.


A Recent Pause in Antarctic Peninsula Warming

The rapid warming of the Antarctic Peninsula, which occurred from the early-1950s to the late 1990s, has paused. Stabilisation of the ozone hole along with natural climate variability were significant in bringing about the change. Together these influences have now caused the peninsula to enter a temporary cooling phase. Temperatures remain higher than measured during the middle of the 20th Century and glacial retreat is still taking place.




Read the current and previous issues of POGO's newsletter




Next year's annual meeting (POGO-18) will take place from 24-26 January 2017 and will be hosted by Plymouth Marine Laboratory, United Kingdom.

Side meetings for the Executive and Finance Committees will take place on 23 and 27 January 2017


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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