A few thoughts from Nick Owens

– POGO Member and POGO Chair (2019-present) – “It is nearly 19 years since I first became involved in POGO – I attended POGO 3 at the White Point beach resort in Nova Scotia.  I recall the meeting extremely well for lots of reasons. Firstly, it was when I first..Read more…

The First NF-POGO Centre of Excellence for Ocean Observing (CofE)

Memories from Tony Knap and Gerry Plumley “The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) was honored, and privileged, to host Phase 1 of the NF-POGO CofE. All institutions have turning points in their history. For marine stations, it is frequently a new building, a new ship, a large multi-year grant…Read more…

The “POGO-web”

by Jan W de Leeuw (POGO member director 2001-2009 and POGO Chair 2005-2006) “As director of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (Royal NIOZ) I had the pleasure to attend the annual POGO meetings from 2001 (POGO-2) until 2009 (POGO-10) with one exception and more recently the POGO meetings..Read more…

I was never a great diary writer…

says Howard S.J. Roe, Co-Founder of POGO, POGO member and Chair (2003-2004) “The entry for May 11 1998 says-“lunch 2pm/dinner Director of Scripps”; for 26 September 2011 it reads “Abingdon POGO”. These two entries bookend my involvement with POGO – thirteen exciting, interesting and often frustrating years. “The meeting in..Read more…

From POGO-4 to POGO-13

Recollections from Tony Haymet – POGO member (2003-2012) and POGO Chair (2007-2008) “A few weeks after I started at CSIRO in Hobart, we hosted POGO-4, which Nan Bray had arranged to bring to Tasmania.  Bushfires were raging in Hobart and also in Canberra… Read more…

Kiyoshi Suyehiro recalls…

– POGO Member and POGO Chair (2009-2011) – “I remember my initiation with POGO was at its fifth meeting in Yokohama Institute of JAMSTEC in 2003. Since then, I attended POGO-6 to 10 as executive director of research at JAMSTEC and as representing IODP-Management International from 2010 to 2012. I..Read more…

Some personal recollections by John Field

– POGO member (2000-2015) and POGO Chair (2013-2014) – “I am very privileged to have been involved with POGO from 2000. This was about when it became widely recognised that satellite oceanography would revolutionise our understanding of surface ocean dynamics.  I had been asked to help promote biological observations as..Read more…

Memories from Charlie Kennel & Lisa Shaffer

– Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA – Having worked on international collaboration in space-based Earth observations at NASA, Charlie Kennel, upon his arrival at Scripps in 1998, aspired to help create a mechanism for promoting international collaboration in global ocean observations and research. He recruited Lisa Shaffer to Scripps, who..Read more…

Forming the Ocean Club called POGO

by Jesse H Ausubel, Director, Program for the Human Environment, The Rockefeller University, and Chair, Richard Lounsbery Foundation “During 1997-1999 I was conducting feasibility studies for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the program that would become the Census of Marine Life (CoML), a global effort from 2000 to 2010..Read more…