Meet all the endorsed Ocean Decade Actions

Ocean Observing Co-Design: Evolving ocean observing for a sustainable future

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, Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, Sustainably feed the global population, Unlock ocean-based solutions to climate change

Readily available ocean information is a foundational element needed to achieve the ocean we want by 2030.

With fit-for-purpose and timely observations, we can track the current state of the ocean, enable skillful predictions and warnings, manage ocean resources, empower society to adapt to change, and ultimately, assess the impact of action towards a sustainable ocean. Our aim is to build the process, infrastructure and tools for co-design, creating an international capacity to evolve a truly integrated ocean observing system, matching agile observing and modelling capability with requirements. This will provide the largest possible impact for investment.

Start Date: 15/01/2021
End Date: 31/12/2030

This Programme hosts the following Ocean Decade Projects:

GO-SHIP Evolve

OneArgo: an integrated global, full depth and multidisciplinary ocean observing array for beyond 2020

Ocean Decade Instrument Support Initiative (ODISI)

Study of Recent behavior of the Cyclones and Marine Heatwave

Integrated Ocean Observing Across the Northwest Atlantic

Coastal observatory for climate, CO2 and acidification for the global South society (COCAS)

Ocean monitoring and prediction network for the sustainable development of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean (OMPNetGC)

Science Monitoring And Reliable Telecommunications (SMART) Subsea Cables: Observing the Global Ocean for Climate Monitoring and Disaster Risk Reduction

Animal-Borne Ocean Sensors: A decadal vision through new eyes

Integrated Ocean Carbon Observing System

EarthScope-Oceans: 300 MERMAIDS

Lead Contact: Emma Heslop (

Download here the brochure Ocean Observing Co-Design: Transforming our ocean observing system assessment and design process

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