The transformation of ocean observations into actionable information is crucial for society and sustainable development and use of ocean resources. While many ocean observing organisations and programmes produce ocean information services, there remains a significant challenge in scaling up these services across regions, ensuring user needs are being met and promoting the use of services.
Information Services Working Group
This working group will work to with users and information service providers to improve and expand upon available ocean information services. User groups expected to benefit from this working group include industry, managers and planners at national, regional and local levels. The activities of this working group will add value by:
- Demonstrating the use and functionality of prototype and pilot projects and services
- Facilitating technology transfer of existing information services to other regions
- Conceptualizing the development of new GEO Flagship services based on identified user needs and data availability
- Supporting GEO Blue Planet prototype/pilot projects and services
- Liaising with related GEO Blue Planet Initiatives, Flagships and activities
- Supporting the information needs for achieving and reporting on ocean-related Sustainable Development Goals, targets and indicators
CEOS – The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) is a Panel of Experts on Remote Sensing from Space that serves as the primary forum for international coordination of space-based Earth observations. CEOS Agencies work together to launch multi-agency collaborative missions, and such cooperative efforts have highly benefited users all around the world.
GOOS – The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) is a permanent global system for observations, modeling and analysis of marine and ocean variables to support operational ocean services worldwide. GOOS provides accurate descriptions of the present state of the oceans, including living resources; continuous forecasts of the future conditions of the sea for as far ahead as possible, and the basis for forecasts of climate change.
JCOMM – The Joint Commission Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) is an intergovernmental body of technical experts that provides a mechanism for international coordination of oceanographic and marine meteorological observing, data management and services, combining the expertise, technologies and capacity building capabilities of the meteorological and oceanographic communities.
POGO – The Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) is a forum of directors and leaders of major oceanographic institutions around the world that promotes global oceanography, particularly the implementation of international and integrated global ocean observing systems.