Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our century. Understanding changes in both the ocean and the atmosphere is a crucial mission to help predict how our climate is evolving.

Marine science vulgarization and outreach are key to raise awareness among the local communities and show that a healthy ocean is vital for the well-being of generations to come.

The Ocean Observers initiative brings together ocean scientists, educational authorities and teachers, marine communicators, sailing communities, policy-makers, etc. They are willing to share marine science educational resources and experiences and work towards establishing new international collaborative activities. The long-term goal is to pool all educational materials in a unique open-access repository, in order to help build a global ocean observation learning platform.

 The materials on this platform will answer these main questions: 

  • Why do we observe the oceans?
  • How do we carry out in situ measurements of physical and biogeochemical ocean properties?
  • How do educators, NGOs, public and private sectors worldwide explain and disseminate the importance of in situ ocean observations?

If you want to take part in the initiative, you're welcome to join the Working Group!

The Ocean Observers initiative is jointly led by OceanOPS - a joint center of the World Meteorological Organization and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO which monitors, coordinates and supports the implementation of the Global Ocean Observing System - and Euro-Argo ERIC which coordinates the European contribution to the Argo Programme.

The Ocean Observers initiative is supported by EuroSea which is a European Union Innovation Action, funded through the European Commission research funding programme Horizon 2020, under a call supporting the G7 Future of Seas and Oceans Flagship Initiative.