GEO Blue Planet is the ocean and coastal arm of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) that aims to ensure the sustained development and use of ocean and coastal observations for the benefit of society.
Following GEO’s mission, GEO Blue Planet promotes open, coordinated, and sustained data sharing and infrastructure for better research, policy making, decisions and action.
GEO Blue Planet’s mission is to:
- advance and exploit synergies among the many observational programmes devoted to ocean and coastal waters;
- improve engagement with a variety of stakeholders 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.
We do this by working with stakeholders to understand their information needs and connecting them with available data and products. We develop tools that meet their requirements, and work with them to strengthen their capacity to make informed decisions.
This requires a close collaboration between scientists who gather ocean and coastal data, those who extract information from observations and anticipate future conditions, and those who use the knowledge and forecasts in the management of our living world.
GEO Blue Planet functions as 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.