POGO-23 Thematic Session C: Engagement with GOOS

Thematic Session C: Engagement with GOOS

(Co-Chairs: Anya Waite & Ed Hill)

Session outline/objectives:

This session aims to better define the differences as well as the synergies between POGO and GOOS, in order to develop a plan for more effective collaboration and maximised use of each organisation’s resources. The session will build on some discussions already held between GOOS and POGO, which are summarised in the “POGO-GOOS Relationship Paper” and will aim to produce some concrete outcomes (i.e. agreed next steps). The discussion will elaborate on the following parts of the POGO-GOOS document: (1) Areas where collaboration already exists, (2) Areas where there is currently little collaboration, and (3) the way forward (specific mechanisms for cross-communication and implementation).

Summary Report:

The session looked at the relationship between POGO and GOOS

  • Prof. Hill looked at it from a POGO perspective and Anya covered the GOOS perspective
  • The three priorities discussed where:
    • Innovation in ocean observing – leading the making and innovation of observations that contribute to the global ocean observing system
    • Capacity development – develop world-wide capacity and capabilities needed for ocean observations, nurture new generations of scientists, technical experts and leaders of ocean affairs
    • Outreach and advocacy – advocate and promote in our own countries and world-wide (to intergovernmental organisations, governments, funding agencies, businesses, foundations and citizens) the importance of making systematic sustained, ocean observations for the advancement of science and for sustainable management of the ocean
  • The strategic objectives highlighted were
    • Deepening engagement and partnership from observations to end users to advance the use and impact of the observations and demonstrate their benefits
    • Deliver an integrated, fit for purpose observing system built on the systems approach outlined in the Framework for Ocean Observing
    • Building for the future through innovation, capacity development and evolving good governance
  • POGO’s unique capabilities were noted as:
    • Distributed network of institutions
    • Excellence in research and innovation
    • Collaborative achievement
    • Institutional longevity
    • Trust
  • Possible areas of collaboration included:
    • Innovation in ocean observing, e.g. POGO Biological Observations Working Group initiated Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON)
    • Human impacts: POGO-IQOE (International Quiet Ocean Experiment) Working Group proposed Ocean Sound EOV (Essential Ocean Variable)
    • Noting that there was also strong potential for cooperation within advocacy and capacity development
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