The OceanObs’19 conference will celebrate tremendous progress across regional, national, and global ocean observation networks and strengthen user connections to enhance these systems over the coming decade. Strategic working sessions and network functions during the conference will enable oceanographic researchers, technology operators, data experts, early career scientists, policy-makers, and end-users to chart the future of ocean observing.

Input from your CWPs, recommendations, and session proposals has been thoughtfully integrated into a tentative agenda highlighting the overall mission and goals of the ocean observing community for the coming decade. Check out the new details added to the OceanObs’19 program in our Circular 1!

CIRCULAR 1 – OceanObs’19 Preview

Please join us for the OceanObs’19 Early Career Event on Sunday, September 15, 12:00 PM HST at the Hilton Hawaiian Village! We encourage all students and early career professionals (within 6 years of PhD) to participate! This four-hour event will empower the next generation of ocean observing leaders through curated mentorship, expert talks, and social interaction. Register for the event as a Student/Early Career Professional or a Senior Science/Manager mentor!


Conference Themes

These societal benefit themes will be examined by their relationship to Ocean Observing and how information products can be best supported through the observing system themes. OceanObs ’19 will be focusing on seven vital themes: Discovery, Ecosystem Health & Biodiversity, Climate Variability & Change, Water Food & Energy Security, Pollution & Human Health, Hazards & Maritime Safety, and Blue Economy. The three overarching themes are Data & Information Systems, Ocean System Governance, and Observing Technologies & Networks. The themes will all connect to the conference objectives.


The OceanObs’19 Organizing Committees are currently developing the programmatic schedule for the conference. The conference at-a-glance provides the general structure of OceanObs’19. Stay tuned for more updates!