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 The main goal of the conference will be to further develop effective strategies for a sustained, multidisciplinary and integrated ocean observing system, and to better connect user communities and observers. End user communities include operational users, national and local authorities as well as researchers, from the public and private sectors.  Engagement with international user communities can take diverse forms, including closer interaction to better target their needs for ocean observing networks and derived products while better informing management decisions. OceanObs’19 will continue the tradition of building the vision of ocean users and observers.



 As part of the decadal conference series, OceanObs’19 will galvanize the ocean observing community ranging from scientists to end users. OceanObs’19 seeks to improve response to scientific and societal needs of a fit-for-purpose integrated ocean observing system, for better understanding the environment of the Earth, monitoring climate, and informing adaptation strategies as well as the sustainable use of ocean resources.

OceanObs’99 resulted in an internationally coordinated system for physical climate and ocean carbon observations. OceanObs’09 expanded the range of communities working together to undertake more comprehensive ocean observations and led to the Framework for Ocean Observing. OceanObs’19 will seek to advance these outcomes by extending its reach the full spectrum of ocean communities.

Expected Schedule

Dec 18, 2018:
Release of call for abstracts of Community White Papers
March 15, 2018:
Due date for abstract submission
March 15 – April 30, 2018:
Program Committee reviews and consolidates Community White Paper list
April 30, 2018:
Invitations to group authors for Community White Papers
September 30, 2018:
Community White Papers due