Linking Ocean and Coastal Information with Society


  • Advance and exploit synergies among the many observational programmes devoted to ocean and coastal waters;
  • improve engagement with a variety of users for enhancing the timeliness, quality and range of services delivered; and
  • raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations at the public and policy levels.




Working Groups

Stakeholder Engagement and Societal AwarenessWorking Group

    GEO Blue Planet working group on stakeholders and societal awareness works  to promote communication between those who need better knowledge of the ocean and coasts with those who are capable of producing that knowledge using ocean and coastal observation technologies. A core group of working group members identify and guide priority activities. Task […]

Capacity Development
Working Group

    The GEO Blue Planet working group on capacity development works to link and build on existing capacity development efforts related to sustained ocean and coastal observations, products and services.  A core group of working group members identify and guide priority activities. Task Teams with additional members from the GEO Blue Planet Steering Committee […]

Data Discovery, Access
and Utilization
Working Group

    The GEO Blue Planet working group data discover, access and utilization is working to share best practices and support activities to increase data discoverability and integration of data sets including: Traditional geospatial data (e.g., management boundaries)  Time series monitoring data (e.g., coastal and ocean moorings)  Gridded datasets (e.g., satellite remote sensing products)  Complex […]

Ocean Communicators United
Working Group

  The “Ocean Communicators United” (OCU) Working Group is an informal grouping of representatives of international, regional or national oceanographic research organisations that provides a forum for its members to share information, expertise, best practices and materials related to marine science communications. Membership is open to anyone who works in marine science communications, from communications specialists […]

Understanding Flooding on Reef-lined Island Coasts
Working Group

  The Understanding Flooding on Reef-lined Island Coasts (UFORIC) Working Group works to develop action plans that can be used globally, regionally, and nationally to help guide research and development activities related to understanding and predicting flooding along tropical coral reef-lined shorelines over the coming years.   Major focus areas of the Working Group 1) The need […]

Water-associated Diseases Working Group

    Several million cases of water-associated disease are reported globally each year from water-borne or vector-borne pathogens. A large number of cases may be avoided through improved access to clean water and sanitation, and more cases could be prevented by improving prediction of disease outbreaks and health risks, using an integrated approach involving in-situ […]

Fisheries Working Group

  There is a need to share existing fisheries resources and collect/integrate new in-situ data: this includes fish species, human resources impacting the fishery, as well as other aspects related to artisanal fisheries. This is required to understand the status of resources and exploitation rate and would allow stakeholders in various regions to develop plans […]

Marine Debris Working Group

  Introduction The GEO Blue Planet Working Group on Marine Debris consists of a core group of working members that identify and guide priority activities, namely the IEEE OES Plastics in the Ocean Initiative and the white paper titled ‘Global Platform for Monitoring Marine Litter and Informing Action.’ Primarily guided by Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) […]


Monitoring and Forecasting of Maritime Hazards for the Wider Caribbean

    Problem Currently, there is a documented lack of reliable long-term marine data resources to support the development of strategies and policies related to sustainable use of the marine environment around Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean and adjacent countries in Latin America. The region is facing many coastal hazards including tsunamis, large […]

Wave-driven Flood-forecasting on Reef-lined Coasts Early Warning System

Background Low-lying coral reef-lined islands and coasts are vulnerable to marine flooding. These events are a result of a combination of sea surface elevation and wave height, and can cause severe flooding even on windless, sunny days. Increasing resilience of coastal communities will be a key to the continued inhabitance of these islands and coastal […]

Global Eutrophication Monitoring

    Background In 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by the United Nations Member States. The aim of this agenda was to detail a blueprint for peace and prosperity for the people and planet, now and into the future. At its core were 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an […]

Identifying and Connecting Ocean Organisations

Oceanscape is an effort of the GEO Blue Planet Initiative to identify the numerous organisations (including projects, programmes, and other structures) working in the “ocean space”, and to clarify the connections between them (as well as identifying opportunities to make connections where none exist). The Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), a founding member of GEO […]