The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) is a sustained collaborative system of ocean observations, encompassing in situ networks, satellite systems, governments, UN agencies and individual scientists. It is organised around a series of components undertaking requirements assessment, observing implementation, innovation through projects, and a core team.

POGO works with and supports IOC/GOOS in advancing global ocean observing through the collective endeavours of its member institutions, which represent most of the world’s ocean observing capacity. POGO’s work is made complementary to that of GOOS by focusing more specifically on innovation, capacity development and outreach/advocacy for ocean observations.