Because the ocean transcends national boundaries, and because it is so vast and challenging to access, oceanographic research requires international collaboration by its very nature. Capacity development for the use of ocean observation data and information provides a larger pool of trained personnel, more representation at the world scale and fulfils demand for such personnel. Capacity development in terms of data collection and analysis infrastructure and availability and access to integrated data sets is also critical to ensure adequate monitoring of the marine environment on local, regional and global scales.
At present, there are large gaps in ocean observations in many parts of the world due to the imbalance in ocean observation capabilities (human resources and infrastructure/technology). Capacity development requires at the very least two-way interaction between developing and developed countries, for example through exchange of personnel, knowledge and expertise between countries. Such exchanges are facilitated by international organisations such as the Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), IOC/IODE and the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR). Capacity development can be most effective through the participation of scientists from developing countries in training programmes and research projects run in collaboration with developed countries. The success of ocean observations also requires advocacy, at the public and policy levels, on the importance of ocean observations and integrated and accessible data.
Blue Planet Activities
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 […]