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. 

CountryInstituteData buoysFloats and glidersSea level - tide gaugesTime seriesShip-based measurementsResearch ship-based repeat hydrographyContinuous plankton recorderOther measurements and platforms
AustraliaAustralian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere (CSIRO)
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
BelgiumFlanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)
BeninInstitut de Recherches Halieutiques et Océanologiques du Bénin (IRHOB)
CanadaOcean Frontier Institute (OFI)
ChinaInstitute 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)
ColombiaInstituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras (INVEMAR)
FranceIFREMER (Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la MER)
INSU (L’Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers du CNRS)
GermanyGEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
IndiaIndian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS)
IrelandMarine Institute
ItalyEuro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC)
National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics – OGS
JapanJapan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
MalaysiaCentre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS)
MexicoOceanology Division of The Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada (CICESE)
MoroccoInstitut National de Recherche Halieutique (INRH)
NetherlandsRoyal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)
NigeriaUniversity of Calabar, Faculty of Oceanography (UNICAL)
PortugalUniversity of Algarve (UAlg)
South KoreaKorea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST)
United KingdomBritish Antarctic Survey (BAS)
Marine Biological Association (MBA)
National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
United StatesWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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