About GEO Blue Planet

Oceans and Society: Blue Planet is an Initiative of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). GEO aims to address global challenges and improve decision making by coordinating and developing the Earth observation efforts among participating governments and organizations.

Our mission

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

Our goal

The goal of the GEO Blue Planet Initiative is to ensure the sustained development and use of ocean and coastal observations for the benefit of society. We do this by promoting collection of continuous ocean observations, processing of data into information and linking this information with societal needs. The societal needs feed back into ocean and coastal observation requirements and enhancement or modification of the ocean and coastal observation strategy. This requires close working relationships between scientists who collect ocean and coastal observations, those that take these observations and extract information as well as forecast future conditions, and those that use the information and forecasts in the management of our living planet. 


What are Ocean and Coastal Observations? 

Ocean and coastal observation is the gathering of physical, chemical and biological information about coastal and open-ocean areas through direct (or “in situ”) measurements and remote-sensing technologies. These data play a vital role for informed decision-making by governments, civil society and the private sector about sustainable development, ecosystem management, food security, ocean-resource utilization and natural disasters.

Who we are

GEO Blue Planet is a network of ocean and coastal-observers, social scientists and end-user representatives from a variety of stakeholder groups, including international and regional organizations, NGOs, national institutes, universities and government agencies. Our experts have a demonstrated capacity to bridge the gap between data and services to deliver usable information that supports informed decision-making toward reaching sustainable development.

Working groups

GEO Blue Planet has four working groups. Working groups are tasked with identifying and sharing best practices and supporting GEO Blue Planet projects. 



GEO Blue Planet seeks to support activities focused on four themes.


All GEO Blue Planet activities ultimately work to support informed decision making and address policy mandates

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