G7 Future of Seas and Oceans Initiative

In 2016, the G7 Ministers agreed to take an ambitious approach to tackling ocean issues, and developed the Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative with 5 Main Action Areas:
Observing system

Support the development of a global initiative for an enhanced, global, sustained sea and ocean observing system.

Assesments and reporting

Support an enhanced system of ocean assessment through the UN Regular Process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment.

Data sharing infrastructure

Promote the improvement of global data sharing infrastructure to address the challenges of physical, chemical and biological data.

regional observing capacity

Strengthen collaborative approaches to encourage the development of regional observing capabilities and knowledge networks.

political cooperation

Promote increased G7 political cooperation by identifying additional actions needed to enhance future routine ocean observations.


GOOS COP26 Climate Brief 2021
All Action Areas

GOOS at the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)

The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) presented its ocean-climate priorities at the 26th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland. Co-chair Anya Waite (Ocean Frontiers Institute) presented GOOS priorities in the science pavilion as part of the GCOS Status Report and the Earth Information Day.

NOAA fact sheet COP26. Credit NOAA
Observing System (Action Area 1)

NOAA’s supports establishing a globally operation Surface Ocean CO2 reference network

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has affirmed its support to establish a global operational surface ocean CO2 reference network. This one of the priority areas of the G7 FSOI and is a project being developed through the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP) with G7 FSOI support.

Upcoming events

December 2021
Dec 09
Dec 09, 2021
G7 Ocean Decade Navigation Plan Workshop

The worskhop will take place virtually, hosted by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to discuss: possible cooperative structures for the G7 to use to implement...