Meet all the endorsed Ocean Decade Actions

Observing Together: Meeting Stakeholder Needs and Making Every Observation Count

The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) through lead sponsor of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO - France

All Ocean Basins, Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy, Expand the Global Ocean Observing System, Increase community resilience to ocean hazards, Programme, Skills, knowledge and technology for all, Sustainably feed the global population, Unlock ocean-based solutions to climate change

We aim to transform ocean data access and availability by connecting ocean observers and the communities they serve, through enhanced support to both new and existing community-scale projects. Globally, many communities are unable to access ocean data in decision-ready formats and so cannot see the value of investment in ocean observations

Co-design will broaden equitable access to and relevant application of ocean knowledge by a myriad of stakeholders. We will leverage the Global Ocean Observing System’s network of expertise to bring needed observations and forecasts to community users and into global data streams, making every observation count.

Start Date: 03/01/2021
End Date: 31/12/2030

This Programme hosts the following Ocean Decade Projects:

Sailing4Science – expanding the capacity for ocean observations and ocean citizen science awareness and stewardship

Enhancing ocean observing system within The Republic of Mauritius

Enhancement of hydrographic and oceanographic observations in support of marine scientific research (Coastal and natural resources, deep and ultradeep seabed geoscientific mapping, etc.)

Connecting communities to Atlantic Ocean observing

Fisherman Weather Field School (SLCN)


Lead Contacts: Emma Heslop ( and Mairéad O’Donovan (

Download here the brochure Observing Together: Meeting stakeholder needs and making every observation count