The following table outlines the contributions by POGO members to ocean observations. Please contact us if you are a POGO member and would like to contribute information on your organisation’s ocean observing systems.

Click on each observing system below to find out more information.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unprecedented disruptions may have occurred in most if not all ocean observations systems maintained by POGO members. Disturbances may include cancellation of research vessel operations, slowdown in deployment of autonomous instruments and maintenance of moorings, sea level gauges and high-frequency radar. To gain a global view of this risk, the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) launched a COVID-19 impacts survey in April 2020 to assess and forecast the pandemic’s impact on global ocean observations. The briefing note presents the results of the survey complemented by information from JCOMMOPS. Recommendations from GOOS include increasing international coordination across national research vessel operations and encouraging classification of observing maintenance and deployment activities as essential. 

Country Institute Data buoys Floats and gliders Sea level - tide gauges Time series Ship-based measurements Research ship-based repeat hydrography Continuous plankton recorder Other measurements and platforms
Australia Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere (CSIRO)
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
Bangladesh Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST)
Belgium Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)
Benin Institut de Recherches Halieutiques et Océanologiques du Bénin (IRHOB)
Canada Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI)
China Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS)
National Ocean Technology Center (NOTC)
Second Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources (SIO)
South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SCSIO)
Colombia Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras (INVEMAR)
France IFREMER (Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la MER)
INSU (L’Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers du CNRS)
Germany GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
India Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS)
Ireland Marine Institute
Italy Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC)
National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics – OGS
Japan Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Malaysia Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS)
Mexico Oceanology Division of The Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada (CICESE)
Morocco Institut National de Recherche Halieutique (INRH)
Netherlands Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)
Nigeria University of Calabar, Faculty of Oceanography (UNICAL)
Portugal University of Algarve (UAlg)
South Korea Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST)
United Kingdom National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
British Antarctic Survey (BAS)
Marine Biological Association (MBA)
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
United States Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)