AVISO+ DOI the datasets

This year, the AVISO+ service is starting to assign Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) to the datasets and products in its catalogue. The objectives of this change are to enable concise, accurate and reliable referencing as well as an estimation of the importance given to the datasets by users. The first three DOIs were assigned to: […]

Get Ready for World Ocean Day 2021!

World Ocean Day, 8 June, is coming up soon! For event inspiration, messaging resources and more, check out the 2021 Event Planning Toolkit at https://worldoceanday.org/   via POGO Have any news or opportunity in ocean sciences to share? Send it to info_at_nf-pogo-alumni.org

Online Calculators for Marine and Coastal Processes

The eCoast Marine and Freshwater Consultancy based in sunny Raglan, New Zealand  has released a new suite of online calculators. These calculators are inspired by the now unsupported applets put on the web by Prof. Tony Dalrymple back in the late 1990?s. The app is a collection of straightforward interactive calculators for basic marine science […]

Launch of the Second World Ocean Assessment (WOA II)

The Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (the Regular Process) is a global effort to strengthen the science-policy interface. The Second World Ocean Assessment (WOA II), a major output of the second cycle of the Regular Process was launched on 1 March 2021. While […]

World Meteorological Day 2021 – The ocean, our climate and weather

When it comes to the weather and climate, most of us think only about what is happening in the atmosphere. If we ignore the ocean, however, we miss a big piece of the picture. Covering some 70% of the Earth’s surface, the ocean is a major driver of the world’s weather and climate. It also […]

International Ocean Literacy – Once Upon a Time Project (stories for kids in multiple languages)

The aim of this pro­ject is to com­mu­nic­ate sci­ence through short stor­ies in or­der to en­cour­age the dia­logue between sci­ent­ists and the pub­lic. We are a group of in­ter­na­tional re­search­ers from dif­fer­ent in­sti­tu­tions, mainly in Bre­men, but co­oper­at­ing with vari­ous sci­ent­ists, writers, artists in Ger­many and in­ter­na­tion­ally. We as sci­ent­ists write short stor­ies deal­ing with […]

Future Earth call for contributions to the 10 Climate Insights 2021

In the “10 New Insights in Climate Science” report series, Future Earth, The Earth League, and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) aim to highlight the latest climate-related research across disciplines for the 5th consecutive year to support policy decision-makers. Future Earth has now begun preparing the 10 New Insights in Climate Science 2021, aimed to launch during the COP26 UN […]

New CO2COAST Project

The CO2COAST project will analyze the spatio-temporal variability of pCO2 and air-sea flux of CO2 over the global coastal ocean over the past two decades, using a satellite approach. This 4-year project, funded by the French National Agency of Research (ANR), will be headed by PI Hubert Loisel of the Université du Littoral – Côte d’Opale (LOG […]

New IOCCG Report on Harmful Algal Blooms

Ocean colour radiometry offers considerable potential for the observation of harmful algal blooms (HABs). Several years ago the IOCCG established a working group on this topic (chaired by Stewart Bernard, SANSA) in conjunction with the GEOHAB international science programme (now GlobalHAB ). We are happy to announce that the report on this topic is in the final […]

Learn about sea-level rise and Copernicus Sentinel-6 (video)

Learn how climate change is causing our seas to rise and how satellites have been measuring the height of the sea surface systematically since 1992. With global sea level now rising fast, Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich picks up the baton as the latest satellite mission to extend the legacy of sea-surface height measurements. Learn how it makes […]

First-of-its-kind surface water Atlas brings together 35 years of satellite data

The Atlas provides a better understanding of the consequences climate change and human actions have for the planet’s surface water resources. It is impossible to overstate the critical importance of water in our daily lives. Surface water bodies – including lakes, ponds and rivers – are particularly important as sources of water for domestic, industrial […]

ESA Ocean Colour CCI – Version 5.0 released

The latest version of the OC-CCI dataset, version 5.0, has been released. The v5.0 data is a significant change from previous versions, in that it includes OLCI data and has the reference sensor updated from SeaWiFS to MERIS. Additionally, a number of parts of the software processing chain have been updated: • Improvements to POLYMER […]

60th Anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO & Launch of the Global Ocean Science Report 2020

SAVE THE DATE 14 December 2020 14:00 – 16:00 – Paris Time The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2020. The Commission was created within UNESCO to promote coordinated international research about the global ocean and its various basins, based on the pioneer experiences of the International Geophysical Year (1957-58) and the […]

New publication on the use of biodiversity scenarios

New handbook on the use of biodiversity scenarios : A tool for planning the future BiodivERsA and the Belmont Forum, in the framework of their Joint Action on Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services (see information on the joint call 2017-2018 here) produced a Handbook on the use of biodiversity scenarios in support of decision-making.   This handbook […]

YSLME Phase II Final Project Video Launched

YSLME Phase II Final Project Video Launched http://www.yslmep.org/?p=4741 Entitled as “Restoring the Ecosystem Carrying Capacity of the Yellow Sea Ecosystem”, the UNDP/GEF YSLME Phase II Project final video was formally launched on October 19, 2020 during the 5th and final Meeting of the YSLME Interim Commission Council. With the 20-year implementation of the UNDP/GEF YSLME Projects […]


The 4th edition of the Copernicus Marine Service Ocean State Report (OSR 4) published in 2020 provides information on changes and variations in the ocean over the past decades, with a focus on changes in the marine environment during the year 2018. It is written by 140 scientific experts from more than 30 institutions and draws from […]

SDG 14.3 data portal launched

Welcome to the SDG 14.3.1 data portal on http://oa.iode.org This SDG 14.3.1 Data Portal is a tool for the submission, collection, validation, storage and sharing of ocean acidification data and metadata submitted towards the Sustainable Development Goal 14.3.1 Indicator: Average marine acidity (pH) measured at agreed suite of representative sampling stations. In 2015, the United […]

A Roadmap for the Implementation of the Global Ocean Observing System 2030 Strategy

GOOS has launched a Roadmap for the Implementation of the Global Ocean Observing System 2030 Strategy. Under the 2030 Strategy, eleven Strategic Objectives provide guidance on priorities for the development of a more user-focused and integrated system. GOOS cannot accomplish all of these objectives itself, and this Roadmap is designed to provide a framework within which nations, partners […]

GOOS and the Ocean Decade

The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development is set to launch on 1 January 2021 with a mission “to catalyse transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable development, connecting people and our ocean.” An essential Ocean Decade infrastructure challenge, one of ten identified, is to “7: Ensure a sustainable ocean observing system across all ocean basins […]

Ocean Observing System Report Card 2020

The GOOS Observations Coordination Group launches a new Ocean Observing System report card and introduces the rebranding of JCOMMOPS as OceanOPS along with its first-ever 5-year Strategic Plan (2021-2025). The 2020 Ocean Observing System Report Card provides an update on the status of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), including the impact of Covid-19 pandemic […]

Reprint: Fiducial Reference Measurements for Satellite Ocean Colour

The Special Issue reprint book “Fiducial Reference Measurements for Satellite Ocean Colour” has been published online and is freely accessible on the MDPI Books platform (http://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/2960). The reprint book will be listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), Google Books and WorldCat and is available through several distribution platforms, e.g., Amazon. Furthermore, the book can be purchased as […]

SURVEY: PACE radiometric product survey

PACE radiometric product survey Purpose of this survey The PACE mission, a hyper-spectral mission spanning from the UV to the NIR, is preparing for launch in 2023 and in anticipation we would like to develop radiative products that will be most useful for the community. To guide this effort, we are asking potential PACE data […]

SURVEY: OYSTER 2020 Survey on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on marine Early Career Researchers

OYSTER 2020 Survey on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on marine Early Career Researchers The EuroMarine early career researcher group OYSTER (Orienting Young Scientists of EuroMarine*) is currently conducting a survey to gain insight into some personal and professional impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on marine Early Career Researchers (ECRs).For the purpose of this survey, marine ECRs are defined as: PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, research […]

Recommendations from the 4th Community workshop of the IOC Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS)

The 4th community workshop of the IOC Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS) was held as an innovative online event, spread over two weeks and comprising plenary sessions, breakout groups, and parallel working groups. A record of 452 participants from across the globe participated with a single objective: to facilitate community-led evolution of methods into best […]

Materials from the webinar Co-designing the science we need for the Ocean Decade –Part 1are available

The webinar “Co-designing the science we need for the Ocean Decade –Part 1” was convened by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO in partnership with the International Science Council on the past 24 Sep 2020. You can access the slides and recording  on the Ocean Decade Website. While visiting the Decade website (oceandecade.org), we encourage you to sign-up to the […]

Copernicus Marine Service launches My Ocean

Dear user of the Copernicus Marine Service, We are happy to introduce you to our new responsive viewer: My Ocean. This new tool on our website portal is designed to let you discover the ocean and its different many facets. You can now interact with and explore the ocean’s blue (physical), green (biogeochemical), and white (sea ice) variables with this […]

New Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Portal

Explore SOOS’ new metadata portal! The SOOS EarthData portal is hosted by the team at NASA who brought us the old GCMD portal. With 7600 dataset records, it has about twice as many datasets as the old one and is a great place to find data, especially from National Antarctic Programs and remote sensing data […]

(Reminder) Survey for Early Career Scientists in Oceanic Research

To all Early Career Scientists in Oceanic Research,   In 2018, the SCOR Executive Committee (EC) decided to incorporate an Early Career Scientist as one of the two co-opted members. This is a position that rotates in a two-years basis. The mission of this EC member is to reach out the broader early-career community and involve them […]

Launch of the Ocean Decade Virtual Series

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, along with partner organizations, will convene a series of high-level and scientific virtual dialogues to mobilize the global ocean community, foster transformative partnerships and innovative solution-oriented actions under the Ocean Decade. The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development will start in January 2021. It will provide […]

Ocean State Report 4 and Ocean Monitoring Indicators Updates

Over the summer, the Copernicus Marine Service launched a few updates including additions to the Ocean Monitoring Indicator (OMI) Catalogue and the publication of the full Ocean State Report (OSR) in the Journal of Operational Oceanography (JOO). In this week’s Copernicus Observer find out more about the new and updated OMIs, as well as key […]

New standardisation of cryopreservation protocols for marine organisms

Dear all,   ASSEMBLE Plus has recently launched a repository of methodologies for the cryogenic preservation of marine organisms. The Cryomar Protocol Toolbox (download) represents a collaborative effort from researchers across Europe from several marine biological stations, including the Universidad de Vigo (Spain), Sorbonne Université (France), the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS; UK), The University of the Basque Country (Spain), Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ; Netherlands), Universidade do […]

Release of GEOTRACES DOOR version 2

Dear colleagues, We are pleased to announce the release of the version 2 of the GEOTRACES Data for Oceanic Research (DOoR) portal. As you know, the DOoR portal is where you must register your data sets for intercalibration and potential inclusion in IDP2021 before 15 December 2020. You can access it using your ORCID at this […]

SURVEY: 2020 IOC Capacity Development Needs Assessment

Dear colleague, Capacity Development (CD) is an essential tenet of the mission of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Capacity Development enables all IOC Member States to participate in, and benefit from, ocean research and services that are vital to sustainable development and human welfare on the planet. The vision contained in the IOC Capacity Development Strategy 2015-2021 (http://www.ioc-cd.org/strategy)  identifies capacity development as the primary […]

SURVEY Impact of CoVid-19 pandemic on research productivity in Africa

Dear Colleagues, A group of African Researchers have teamed up to conduct a study on the “Impact of CoVid-19 pandemic on research productivity in Africa.”  We are kindly requesting you spare less than 20 mins of your time to complete the short questionnaire and please do not forget to share the link with other Africans […]

Access to hyperspectral satellite mission PRISMA Products

The hyperspectral satellite mission PRISMA (http://www.prisma-i.it/index.php/en/), funded by the Italian Space Agency, ASI, has the potential to provide interesting data for the ocean colour community, despite the fact that it was not developed as an ‘aquatic’ mission. The imaging spectrometer takes images with a pixel size of 30 m in a continuum of spectral bands ranging […]

NOAA CoastWatch Data Portal now includes VIIRS SNPP global daily 4-km synoptic chlorophyll anomaly product

The VIIRS SNPP global daily 4-km synoptic chlorophyll anomaly product generated routinely by the NOAA Ocean Color EDR team, and which has been viewable on the NOAA OCView tool, is now available through the NOAA CoastWatch Data Portal for both viewing (in context with other ocean and coastal parameters) and subsetting and downloading of NetCDF files (see Figure below). […]

Sentinel-3 Validation Team Call

The Sentinel-3 Validation Team (S3VT) open call is accessible from the ESA EOPI web page at https://earth.esa.int/aos/S3VT.  In the framework of a Copernicus collaborative agreement, the call issued by ESA and EUMETSAT endeavours “To engage world-class validation expertise and activities to complement Sentinel-3 routine validation activities and ensure the best possible outcomes for the Sentinel-3 Mission“. Since the first S3VT workshop […]

Ocean Virtual Laboratory

ESA recently funded the development of the Ocean Virtual Laboratory (OVL), a virtual platform that allows oceanographers to discover and explore the various co-located EO datasets and related model/in situ datasets over dedicated regions of interest, with a different multifaceted point of view. It is now possible to exploit the synergy between ESA’s Sentinel 1, 2 and […]

ESA’s Open Space Platform: Detecting Plastic Marine Litter from Space

A total of 26 innovative projects submitted via ESA’s Open Space Platform will kick off this summer, to better detect and track seaborne plastic litter using satellites. These projects address different problems, solutions and approaches, from using existing remote sensing technology in novel applications, to exploring new technologies to monitor marine litter, through developing new […]

African Women Scientists on the Move: The Sirens’ Savior

The accidental fishing of large animals is a threat to the ocean. Kenyan scientist Nina Wambiji offers fishermen cheap and smart inventions to avoid it.   From:  http://africanwomenscientistsonthemove.com/nina-wambiji/   via IMBER Have any news or opportunity in ocean sciences to share? Send it to info_at_nf-pogo-alumni.org

SCOR Survey for Early Career Scientists in Oceanic Research

To all Early Career Scientists in Oceanic Research, In 2018, the SCOR Executive Committee (EC) decided to incorporate an Early Career Scientist as one of the two co-opted members. This is a position that rotates in a two-years basis. The mission of this EC member is to reach out the broader early-career community and involve them in […]

YSLME Information Series: Plastic and Microplastics in the Yellow Sea

PLASTIC AND MICROPLASTICS: UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING MARINE LITTER IN THE YELLOW SEA (Link: http://www.yslmep.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/YSLME-Fact-Sheet-Marine-Litter-FINAL-08102020.pdf) The UNDP/GEF Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (YSLME) Phase II Project launches today the first of its Information Series showcasing recent studies and actions being undertaken to address key challenges in the Yellow Sea region.   This Information Series tackles Plastic and Microplastics, […]

Sargassum Information Hub launched

Since 2011, large quantities of sargassum have overwhelmed beaches throughout the Atlantic, harming coastal ecosystems and the economies of coastal communities. Member states of the IOC Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (IOCARIBE) requested facilitated networking with the sargassum community of practice, sargassum monitoring, guidance on best management practices for sargassum events, and a centralized location for all this information. GEO Blue Planet, IOCARIBE […]

The COVID-19 pandemic, Part 2: Perspectives on the future of coastal and marine tourism and its implications for coastal and marine ecosystems.

The Skimmer on Marine Ecosystems and Management Newsletter –May-July 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic, Part 2: Perspectives on the future of coastal and marine tourism and its implications for coastal and marine ecosystems. The Skimmer asked coastal and marine tourism experts from around the world about the diverse ways that the COVID-19 pandemic is currently affecting coastal […]

Ocean State Report Summary 04 released

The report offers a distilled look at the state, natural variations, and ongoing changes in the global ocean, and draws on the Copernicus Marine Ocean Monitoring Indicator (OMI) framework. “The Ocean is a central component of the Earth climate system and human communities depend heavily upon the goods and services provided by the Ocean. Understanding and monitoring […]

IPCC SROCC Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) available in other UN languages

Translations from English and layout of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) SPM brochures into the other UN languages is now complete. The PDFs of the SROCC SPM brochure in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish are available from the download page of the SROCC website: https://www.ipcc.ch/srocc/download/. The […]

WOA18 ODV collections now available for Ocean Data View

From Reiner Schlitzer (Ocean Data View, AWI): This is to let you know that WOA18 ODV collections for the “all-years” time span are now available at https://odv.awi.de/data/ocean/world-ocean-atlas-2018/.   The same WOA18 ODV collections are also available on-line via our new “webODV Explore” service at https://webodv.awi.de/explore/. This site provides ODV-like data analysis and visualization in the browser without […]

Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT) version 2020 released

 The Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT)  documents the increase in surface ocean CO2 (carbon dioxide), a critical measure as the oceans are taking up one quarter of the global CO2 emissions from human activity. Synthesis and gridded, quality-controlled products in SOCAT version 2020 contain 28.2 million in situ surface ocean fCO2 (fugacity of CO2) measurements for the […]

Black women in Ecology, evolution and marine science – sign up for group

The idea of the group is to bring together black women to share our research and resources, collaborate, and provide mentorship. All career stages from undergrad –> professor are welcomed, and non-academic career paths are also welcomed. We are about to schedule our first meeting for the end of July. *Sign up form: * https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1chSLhqclJbOEHrkk-0gEp_73bR54BepM133LJW2p54o/edit?usp=sharing Alternatively, if someone […]

Global Seagrass Report (and summaries in UN languages)

A global report and accompanying materials on the importance of seagrass ecosystems to people and environment: a collaboration between the United Nations Environmnent Programme, GRID-Arendal, the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and 33 of the world’s leading seagrass scientists. Along with the main report, we are releasing several accompanying materials including executive summaries in all UN languages, a foresight brief, […]

Oceanscape project – an initiative to identify and connect organisations working in the “ocean space”

Oceanscape is an effort of the GEO Blue Planet Initiative to identify the numerous organisations (including projects, programmes, and other structures) working in the “ocean space”, and to clarify the connections between them (as well as identifying opportunities to make connections where none exist).There are now 74 organizations on Oceanscape. Find out how to add your organization here! […]

Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (YSLME) Video on Building a Network of MPAs in the Yellow Sea

Article: http://www.yslmep.org/?p=4177 Video: http://www.yslmep.org/?aiovg_videos=yslme-marine-protected-areas Building a Network of MPAs in the Yellow Sea editorJuly 13, 2020 Aichi Target 11 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) calls for protecting 10% of the coastal and marine areas by 2020. In the Yellow Sea region, PR China and RO Korea have committed to achieve this Aichi Target and management […]

Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (YSLME) Video on Enabling the Return of Fish Species in the Yellow Sea

Over-exploitation of marine living resources is one of the primary environmental concerns in the Yellow Sea, resulting to low value and depleted fish stocks. This phenomenon signals a number of underlying causes and multiple pressures facing the fisheries sector and industries in the Yellow Sea region. (Article: http://www.yslmep.org/?p=4071 ) (Video: http://www.yslmep.org/?aiovg_videos=yslme-fish-stock ) As early as 2009, PR China […]

Satellite products for the Essential Climate Variables – Lakes

Satellite products for the ECV – Lakes The ESA Lakes Climate Change Initiative (Lakes_cci) project team is happy to inform you that the first version (1.0) of merged satellite products is now accessible at: https://catalogue.ceda.ac.uk/uuid/3c324bb4ee394d0d876fe2e1db217378 This dataset contains global lake products for the following five thematic Essential Climate Variables (ECVs): • Lake Water Level (LWL) […]

FAO’s State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) 2020

The launch of FAO’s State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) 2020 on World Oceans Day gathered >1500 participants. In case you missed it, please find below the six main messages of the Report: 1.   Now more than ever FISH AND FISH products are essential in the fight against hunger and poverty. 2.   Sustainable intensification, adequate frameworks and innovative value chains are […]

Access to PRISMA (Hyperspectral Precursor of the Application Mission) Products

Access to PRISMA Products To the  Ocean Colour Science Community, PRISMA (Hyperspectral Precursor of the Application Mission), a mission fully funded by Italian Space Agency (ASI), is an Earth Observation  system with a 30 km swath, that combines a hyperspectral sensor with a medium-resolution panchromatic camera.In particular, the imaging spectrometer takes images with a  pixel size of 30 […]

Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (YSLME) Videos on Marine Litter, IMTA, and Wetland Protection

In celebration of the World Oceans Day, the UNDP/GEF/UNOPS YSLME Phase II Project, in collaboration with various partners, launched three (3) videos showcasing initiatives and innovations in the Yellow Sea region to: (1) Crack down on the Small but Dangerous Microplastics and Address Marine Litter in the Yellow Sea See video here: http://www.yslmep.org/?aiovg_videos=yslme-marine-litter   (2) Promote […]

2nd edition of the IUCN guidelines for protected area categories for marine areas

Revised IUCN guidelines demystify and clarify protected area categories for marine areas The IUCN guidelines that define a protected area are the foundation for the standards by which protected areas truly become protected. Our new publication explains this subject as it applies to marine areas, seemingly misunderstood in the past. Website: https://www.iucn.org/news/protected-areas/201912/revised-iucn-guidelines-demystify-and-clarify-protected-area-categories-marine-areas   via Foro […]

POGO Marks 20th Anniversary

Early Career Ocean Professionals Survey

This survey will enable Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs) to contribute to the preparation phase of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-2030. The Decade is a critical opportunity to galvanise transformative actions for the ocean we need for the future we want. This survey is conducted under the auspices of […]

OpenLitterMap empowers people to map and share data on plastic pollution anywhere

OpenLitterMap (https://openlittermap.com/en) empowers you to map and share data on plastic pollution anywhere. Snap it, tag it, share it. It’s like Pokémon Go for Tidy Towns! The data is not just mapped, more importantly, the data is accessible as open data. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_data This is a work in progress that is only about 5-10% of where […]

Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS) Survey by IODE

Dear colleague, The Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS) was created to improve access to best practices. We are looking for your thoughts on the use of these best practices in ocean observing and also guiding the evolution of the OBPS. Best practices and are a common approach to further consistency in ocean data and information. […]

Survey: Participate in the evaluation of the current European panorama of research infrastructure services – DL 19 Apr 19

The Newly launched project CatRIS (Catalogue of Research Infrastructure Services) is inviting participants for its survey which is tailored to a wide spectrum of RI users and stakeholders. Participation deadline: 19 Apr 2019 >> See more       via EuroMarine Have any news in ocean sciences to share? Send it to lilian.krug_at_nf-pogo-alumni.org