G7 Future of Seas and Oceans Initiative

Observing System (Action Area 1)

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

UNEP side event on ocean and coastal monitoring at the UN Ocean Conference 2022

Organised by UNEP, the event served to promote partnerships and co-design in ocean and coastal monitoring and observing, engaging at scale with all relevant actors of society to foster and support data uptake and to enable local solutions to global pressures.

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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.

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A Global Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory Becomes a Reality

Building on the successful Argo network of seafaring temperature and salinity sensors, work is underway to deploy 1,000 floats equipped to study ocean biogeochemistry in greater detail than ever. Beyond serving needs for basic research and science advances, real-time observations from BGC-Argo will also inform a diverse range of stakeholders and facilitate solutions for sustainable ocean management.

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First planning meeting of the Surface Ocean CO2 Monitoring Strategy

Co-hosted by the G7 FSOI Coordination Centre and the IOCCP/ GOOS Biogeochemistry Panel, the meeting discussed the scope of the strategy, including engagement with users from multiple sectors, observing requirements, existing capacity, data management, synthesis and product development.

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G7 FSOI and IOCCP launch development of a Surface Ocean CO2 Monitoring Strategy

On 25 November 2021, the G7 FSOI Coordination Centre hosted a one-day workshop jointly with the 16th Session of the Scientific Steering Committee of the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP) to launch the activity “A Global Surface Ocean CO2 Monitoring Strategy“.

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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.

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