We live on a Blue Planet, and Earth's waters benefit many sectors of society. The future of our Blue Planet is increasingly reliant on the services delivered by marine and coastal waters. Maintenance of these services relies on the advancement of effective, evidence-based decisions for sustainable development.
GEO Blue Planet's mission is to advance and exploit synergies among the many observational programmes devoted to ocean and coastal waters; to improve engagement with a variety of users for enhancing the timeliness, quality and range of services delivered; and to raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations at the public and policy levels.
We do this by promoting collection of continuous ocean and coastal observations, processing of data into information and linking this information with societal needs. The societal needs feed back into ocean and coastal observation requirements and enhancement or modification of the ocean observation strategy. This requires close working relationships between scientists who collect ocean and coastal observations, those who take these observations and extract information as well as forecast future conditions, and those who use the information and forecasts in the management of our living planet.
GEO Blue Planet is 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. Our experts have a demonstrated capacity to bridge the gap between data and services to deliver usable information that supports informed decision-making toward reaching sustainable development.
The GEO Blue Planet Secretariat provides scientific and logistical support for GEO Blue Planet activities. The Secretariat will also provide coordination support for activities and develop partnerships. The GEO Blue Planet Secretariat reports to the Steering Committee Co-chairs.
The principal office is currently hosted by the Cooperative Institute of Climate and Satellites-Maryland (CICS-MD) in partnership with NOAA in College Park, MD, USA. The overall Director of the secretariat is based at the principle office. A European Secretariat node is under development to be hosted at Mercator Ocean in Toulouse, France.
In order to effectively support coordination of relevant activities in other regions and to support global coordination and development of thematic activities (e.g., marine biodiversity monitoring), GEO Blue Planet invites government agencies, research institutions and NGOs to submit an expression of interest to host a regional or thematic node of the secretariat. Offers of resource support for the principle secretariat office (secondments or funding support) are also welcome.