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.


All Action Areas

G7 Science Ministers’ Communiqué

The G7 Ministers of Climate, Energy and the Environment, met on 26–27 May 2022 in Berlin to address the multiple crises that are endangering our climate and environment and causing severe impacts on the planet, lives and livelihoods, and the next generations’ needs around the world.

Observing System (Action Area 1)

SOCAT 2022 release: Over 40 million surface ocean carbon dioxide measurements available

SOCAT version 2022 main synthesis and gridded products contain quality-controlled in situ surface ocean fCO2 (fugacity of CO2) observations. Thanks to measurements made on ships, moorings, autonomous and drifting surface platforms, the observations cover the global ocean and coastal seas from 1957 to 2021.

Upcoming events

July 2022
Jul 01
Jul 01, 2022
UN Ocean Conference 2022: Ocean and Coastal Observation and Monitoring at scale

The G7 FSOI,  UNEP, IOC-UNESCO, and GOOS are hosting an official side event at the UN Ocean Conference 2022 to emphasize the importance of partnerships and easily accessible and relevant data for coastal and marine resource management, policy setting and decision-making.