General Information 2017-12-05T17:13:51+00:00

As part of the decadal conference series, OceanObs’19 will galvanize ocean observing communities to improve coordination of regional and national efforts to better observe the global ocean, to better respond to the joint scientific and societal needs of a fit-for-purpose ocean observing system, and maximize the overall benefit of more integrated observing. Each conference of the OceanObs series has focused/will focus on a new area in need of enhanced guidance. 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 and sustain ocean observations and led to the Framework for Ocean Observing. OceanObs’19 will seek to better connect observers with end user communities.

There are seven important themes for this conference: Discovery, Ecosystem Health & Biodiversity, Climate Variability & Change, Water Food & Energy Security, Pollution & Human Health, Hazards & Maritime Safety, and Blue Economy. Two underlying themes: Data & Information Systems and Ocean System Governance, have been conceived as transverse overarching issues for all the seven principal themes. The themes will be examined by their relationship to the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and how support for each theme can be reflected in requirements, observing network coordination, and products/data management.


A call for abstracts for OceanObs’19 white papers will go out to the community in late 2017. Then the OceanObs’19 Program Committee will solicit community white papers to be submitted by Sept 2018 based on those abstracts or merged groups of abstracts. The papers will be peer reviewed and published in an open access journal before the conference. The Program will include plenary and parallel session presentations and posters based on an open abstract submissions process to shape the content of 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.