One Ocean Network for Deep Observation

One Ocean Network for Deep Observation

One Ocean Network for Deep Observation 1920 1272 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Institut Français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer (IFREMER) – France

The deep ocean remains the last unexplored frontier on our planet. A place that holds secrets to the origin of life and could provide ecosystem goods and services for the sustainable development of humankind.

Despite being out of sight, it is impacted by human activities and faces growing pressures. High-technological devices and expertise from multiple scientific areas are needed to allow us unveiling the unknown. For this, we propose a step-change in deep-sea science through the development of observatories and surveying technologies at various sites of the global ocean. This coordination will help us understand how the deep-sea ecosystems are functioning, how they are affected by climate change and human activities, as well as contribute to protect people from natural hazards. Synergies are expected with other relevant Decade initiatives, such as those coordinated by DOOS, DOSI/Challenger150, Smart Cables, POGO and GOOS/ARGO International.

This Programme hosts the Ocean Decade Projects:

Mayotte observatory for research and response

Image analysis by citizens for ocean’s life study

Integrated Ocean Observing System for New Zealand

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

Lead Contacts: Emmanuelle Platzgummer (, Nan-Chin Chu ( and Helene Leau (

challenges: Change humanity’s relationship with the ocean, Create a digital representation of the Ocean, Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy, Expand the Global Ocean Observing System, Increase community resilience to ocean hazards, Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, Skills, knowledge and technology for all, Sustainably feed the global population, Understand and beat marine pollution, Unlock ocean-based solutions to climate change
ocean_basins: Indian Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, South Pacific Ocean
type_of_action: Programme


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