Oceans United is an international forum of organisations interested in ocean observations founded by, and under the leadership of, the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO). It is intended to provide a common voice for participating entities on marine matters, especially those related to observing the ocean for societal benefit, and to be a clearing house for information of mutual interest. It can be seen as the 'Voice of the Oceans'.
Oceans United is composed of 28 organisations. Click here to view the list of participating organisations. Oceans United also provides a forum for its members to share outreach information and materials. Oceans United is represented at selected events in the international marine science arena, and releases statements to the media at appropriate times.
The most recent and significant achievement by Oceans United has been the creation of a new task within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Work Plan 2012-2015, an initiative that was led by POGO in partnership with the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), the Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment (GODAE OceanView) and the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS).
This task is called "Oceans and Society: Blue Planet" and it was launched during a Kick-off Symposium in Brazil in November 2012. It assembles all the marine work being conducted under the GEO umbrella and aims to bring new activities to the GEO portfolio.
"Ocean Communicators United" is an informal grouping of representatives of international, regional or national oceanographic research organisations that provides a forum for its members to share information, expertise, best practices and materials related to marine science communications.