Ocean leaders gather in Plymouth to promote global oceanography


This week, directors and leaders of major oceanographic institutions from around the world are assembling at PML for the 18th annual meeting of the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO), POGO-18.

POGO is a partnership of institutions involved in oceanographic observations, scientific research, operational services, education and training. It is a forum created in 1999 by the directors and leaders of major oceanographic institutions around the world to promote global oceanography. Of particular focus is the implementation of an international and integrated global ocean observing system that serves the needs of science and society. POGO has 38 member institutes, including two consortia, from 20 different countries, and works closely with other international and regional programmes and organisations. PML hosts the POGO Secretariat and is one of POGO’s members from the UK.

POGO’s annual meetings are hosted by a different member each year and the 2017 meeting will be the first time that the event is hosted by a UK member. This meeting is a unique platform for leaders in oceanography to discuss the global agenda for ocean observing and POGO’s achievements over the last year.

Prof Stephen de Mora, Chief Executive of PML is a member of POGO’s Executive Committee for 2016 and 2017. He commented:

“I am delighted PML is hosting this important event, providing opportunity to nurture these vital partnerships in oceanography on a global scale. Consistent long-term observation is crucial to ocean and climate science and so coordination among the institutions involved is more valuable than ever. I look forward over the course of the event to productive discussions, and working together in world-wide cooperation for the future of our oceans.”

Other recent news articles


Are we underestimating microplastics in the marine environment

A new study, led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory, suggests an underestimation of microplastics in the ocean.


Acidifying oceans may threaten crucial links in Earth climate cycles

A review of more than two hundred studies highlights where research needs to focus if we are to understand vital oceanic processes that can alter the Earth’s climate.


How well can we predict the future Fish of the Day?

An international team of modellers and researchers have collaborated to find out how reliable projections of today’s fisheries forecasting models are in the North-East Atlantic.