Member ocean observing systems

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

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)


Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST)


Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)


Institut de Recherches Halieutiques et Océanologiques du Bénin (IRHOB)


Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI)


Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS)

National Ocean Technology Center (NOTC)

South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SCSIO)


Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras (INVEMAR)


IFREMER (Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la MER)


GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel


Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS)


Marine Institute


Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC)

National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics – OGS


Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)


Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS)


Oceanology Division of The Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada (CICESE)


Institut National de Recherche Halieutique (INRH)


Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)


University of Calabar, Faculty of Oceanography (UNICAL)


Algarve Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR)

South Korea

Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST)

United Kingdom

British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

Marine Biological Association (MBA)

National Oceanography Centre (NOC)

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)

Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)

United States

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey