WMO to Organize 2009 Conference on Oceans Observation

6 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

announced that a conference on Oceans Observation (OceanObs) entitled “Ocean

Information for Society: Sustaining the Benefits, Realizing the Potential,”

would take place from 21-25 September 2009, in Venice, Italy.

The conference is

organized under Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), Global Climate Observing

System (GCOS) and World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), all co-sponsored by

the WMO. The overall goal of OceanObs'09 is to strengthen and enhance the

international framework under GCOS/GOOS/WCRP for sustained world ocean

observing and information systems supporting the needs of society about ocean

weather, climate, ecosystems, carbon and chemistry.

The previous OceanObs

symposium took place in 1999 and played a major role in consolidating the plans

for a comprehensive ocean observing system able to deliver systematic global

information about the physical environment of the oceans. The upcoming

conference will celebrate progress in implementing the existing initial ocean

observing system, as well as discuss its societal benefits and potential. The event

also aims to develop a consensus plan for sustaining and evolving systematic

and routine global ocean observations over the next 10 years.


Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission/UN Educational, Scientific and

Cultural Organization, the European Space Agency and NASA are among other

co-organizers. [Conference Website]