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 and Projects

Stakeholder Engagement and Societal Awareness
Working 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 […]


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 […]

WaveForce Project

  Problem Many low lying areas of Pacific Islands are experiencing marine flooding events that currently strike with little to no warning.  Currently, if and when there is a warning, the warnings are vague at best and do little to inform inhabitants of the severity of the impending event.  There is a very real need […]