General Information 2018-02-23T21:21:53+00:00

As part of the decadal conference series, OceanObs’19 will galvanize the ocean observing community ranging from scientists to end users. OceanObs’19 seeks to improve response to scientific and societal needs of a fit-for-purpose integrated ocean observing system, for better understanding the environment of the Earth, monitoring climate, and informing adaptation strategies as well as the sustainable use of ocean resources.

OceanObs’99 resulted in an internationally coordinated system for physical climate and ocean carbon observations. OceanObs’09 expanded the range of communities working together to undertake more comprehensive ocean observations, and led to the Framework for Ocean Observing. OceanObs’19 will specifically seek to advance these outcomes by extending the themes in order to reach the full spectrum of ocean communities.

The main goal of the conference will be to further develop effective strategies for a sustained, multidisciplinary and integrated ocean observing system, and to better connect user communities and observers. End user communities include operational users, national and local authorities as well as researchers, from the public and private sectors.  Engagement with international user communities can take diverse forms, including closer interaction to better target their needs for ocean observing networks and derived products while better informing management decisions. OceanObs’19 will continue the tradition of building the vision of ocean users and observers.


The organizers of OceanObs’19 will solicit abstracts of Community White Papers describing aspirations for the coming decade from all interested groups. The Community White Papers should promote international collaboration and large-scale sustained ocean observing efforts, and address one or ideally more of the seven themes and three crosscutting themes on data information system and ocean observing governance topics.

Based on the contributed abstracts of Community White Papers, the OceanObs’19 Program Committee will solicit full Community White Papers to be submitted by Sept 2018. The Program Committee may recommend that authors of particular abstracts collaborate and merge the concepts described in separate abstracts to develop a joint Community White Paper. The papers will be peer reviewed and published in an open access journal before the conference.


OceanObs’19 will build on the success generated by the Framework for Ocean Observing (FOO) developed at OceanObs’09. Experts will work during the lead up to the conference to elucidate the opportunities and drawbacks, which will be articulated by and during OceanObs’19. We expect to develop a number of follow-up activities including update of existing processes (FOO2.0, revised EOVs, etc. ).


Registration will open in the fall of 2018. Please check back for updates.