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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



DEVOTES-EuroMarine Summer School "Marine Ecosystem Services, Management and Governance: Linking Social and Ecological Research", Aquarium of Donostia, 6 - 9 June 2016, San Sebastián, Spain

The topic for this summer school relates to marine ecosystem services and the links between their assessment, mapping and the need for a socio-ecological framework to address the important management issues related to the governance of the oceans. Governing the oceans and keeping them in a healthy state requires activities at sea to be sustainable, so that the ecosystem services provided by the oceans and the functionality of the ecosystems can be maintained.

First Sven Lovén International Field School for Marine Ecology, 15 - 26 Aug. 2016, Sven Lovén Centre, Sweden

This summer school in marine ecology is focused on providing students the opportunity to develop their skills in experimental and observational ecology, sampling design and strategies under field and laboratory conditions. Participants will experience the scientific process of ecological field research. Observing organisms underwater and as such understand their role in a marine ecosystem is often difficult or sometimes even impossible.

PhD Position in Evolution and Speciation in Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

The University of Gothenburg is seeking a PhD student in evolution and speciation in marine sciences at the Department of Marine Sciences. The PhD-student will work in a team studying contact zones between locally-adapted ecotypes of the coastal snail, Littorina saxatilis.

PhD Position in Biogeochemistry "The Silicon Cycle in the Arctic Ocean - The Role of Diatoms in Phytoplankton Blooms under Climate Change" Aix - Marseille University, France

Aix-Marseille University is seeking a candidate for a PhD position in Biogeochemistry titled "The silicon cycle in the Arctic Ocean - The role of diatoms in phytoplankton blooms under climate change " under the framework of the international CNRS/CNES/Laval University/Total Fundation Arctic Project GREEN EDGE. The overall objective of the Green Edge programme is to udnerstand the dynamics of the spring phytoplankton bloom and determine its role in the Arctic Ocean of tomorrow. 




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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

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