The OceanObs’19 Conference, “An Ocean of Opportunity”, which was sponsored by government agencies linked to the international strategy on ocean observation, took place in Honolulu (HI, USA) between 16th and 20th September and brought together more than 1900 attendees from 74 nations and a hundred leading companies in the sector.
The OceanObs’19 conference is a community-driven conference that takes place once every ten years and brings people from all over the planet together to communicate the decadal progress of ocean observing networks, to chart innovative solutions to society’s growing needs for ocean information in the coming decade and to design the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) roadmap for the next decade, related to the 2030 Agenda and to the Horizon Europe programme in Europe.
The agencies, projects and companies below are linked to OceanObs’19: NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), NSF (National Science Foundation, USA), NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA), IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO), ISC (International Council for Science), ONC (Ocean Networks Canada), European Commission, JAMSTEC, SIO-UCSD, NOCS, SCHMIDT, WHOI, IRD, CSIRO, TOS, AtlantOS, POGO, CLIVAR, COPERNICUS, MERCATOR, GOOS, Saildrone, Nortek, RBR, Shell, Kongsberg, Rockland Scientific and SubCTech.
PLOCAN contributed to OceanObs’19 with presentations related to glider technologies within the framework of projects such as AtlantOS, iFADO and EUMArineRobots, the management and assistance of a stand of the AORA-CSA project in the European pavilion and the organization of a parallel session named “All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System” led by the German institution GEOMAR within the framework of AtlantOS with the participation of a panel of experts from Europe, Canada, USA, Brazil and Argentina and more than a hundred attendees.
The OceanObs’19 is a mixture of interactive observation exhibits, Ocean of Opportunity poster sessions, ocean photobooths, and scientific talks will expand the network of the ocean observing community and display a comprehensive vision of its collective work.