POGO Industrial Liaison Council (PILC)


PILC aims to form a bridge between academic and government POGO member institutions and a range of industry sectors, through which contacts can be made, ideas discussed and joint projects established (e.g. for technological developments, environmental monitoring, risk/safety management, adherence to policy, data sharing, etc). 
Born out of the Bussiness Advisory Group, one of the parallel sessions at POGO-17 in Japan, this Working Group is currently preparing a workplan for effective targeting of industrial partners. 

How PILC contributes to POGO priority areas

One of POGO’s mission statements is to work with industry to articulate societal benefits and required funding for the Ocean Observation System.

At the kick-off meeting, the objectives were agreed to be firstly to form a bridge between POGO members and a range of industry sectors; and secondly to produce recommendations on how to promote and optimize collaborative interactions. The focus was on industries involved in either making better ocean observations (e.g. companies developing sensors) or developing better products and services from ocean observations. An expected outcome was to encourage industry to have an advocacy role in promoting sustainable ocean observations.

Three broad areas of marine industry were identified as:

  1. Providers of technology to conduct observations.
  2. Intermediaries – take data streams and add value to create information products.
  3. End-users or Beneficiaries – use information products to support regulatory compliance, operational planning, and safety e.g. oil and gas, deep-sea mining, ports, etc.
    • Direct users e.g. fisheries
    • Indirect users e.g. retail (weather forecasts which can influence supply chain, management).

The mutual benefits for POGO and marine industries derived from close collaboration are outlined in the attached report.

Status: Complete Taskforce

Year: 2017

Members involved

Taskforce Participants


  • Stephen de Mora, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK


  • Ralph Rayner, Sonardyne, UK
  • Andy Steven, CSIRO, Australia
  • Eduardo Balguerias, IEO/Tenerife, Spain
  • Yoshihisa Shirayama, JAMSTEC, Japan
  • Jan W. de Leeuw, NIOZ, The Netherlands
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