The climate change is one of the most pressing issue of our century. Understanding changes in both the ocean and the atmosphere is therefeore a crucial mission to predict the climate evolution of our planet. In today’s society there is a need for a bigger effort to disseminate the importance of observing and preserving the ocean. Marine science vulgarization and outreach are becoming more and more important to raise awareness among the communities that a healthy ocean is vital for the well-being of generations to come.
The Ocean Observers initiative brings together ocean scientists, educational authorities and teachers, marine communicators, sailing community and other stakeholders (public, policy-makers, etc.), who are willing to share marine science educational resources and experiences for exploring the possibilities to establish new international collaborative activities. A key focus of the initiative is to gather and share experience on educational activities related to in situ ocean observations, to be able in the longer term, to assemble all educational materials in a unique repository under the UNESCO auspices. The repository will be free and will help to build a global ocean observation learning platform.
What is the global ocean circulation and how it impacts our life? Why do we observe the oceans? How do we do in situ measurements of physical and biogeochemical ocean properties? What educators, NGOs, public and private sectors worldwide do to explain and disseminate the importance of the insitu ocean observations? These are just a few of the questions that are addressed through the educational materials stored on this website.
Ocean Observers initiative is jointly organized by the World Meteorological Organization – Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO Centre - OceanOPS - and the European contribution to the Argo Program – Euro-Argo ERIC.