World Oceans Day 2018 - Using Earth Observations to Protect our Blue Planet

Blog / Emily Smail / June 8, 2018

GEO aims to address global challenges and improve decision making by coordinating and developing global Earth observation efforts.

On World Oceans Day, we call attention to the observations that cover more than 70 percent of our Earth – our oceans and coasts!

The future of our Blue Planet is increasingly reliant on the health and proper management of marine and coastal waters. Our oceans and coasts are facing unprecedented challenges from pollution, resource exploitation, ocean acidification and climate change.

Ocean and coastal observations provide essential information for effective, evidence-based decisions related to environmental protection, societal development and economic development.

The themes being addressed by the GEO Blue Planet Initiative
The themes being addressed by the GEO Blue Planet Initiative.
The themes being addressed by the GEO Blue Planet Initiative
The themes being addressed by the GEO Blue Planet Initiative.

GEO’s Oceans and Society: Blue Planet Initiative works to link ocean and coastal observations with society by promoting collection of continuous ocean observations, processing data into information and linking this information with societal needs. This requires close working relationships between scientists who collect ocean and coastal observations, those that capture these observations and extract information, as well as forecast future conditions, and those that use the information and forecasts in the management of our Blue Planet. These relationships are critical for the development and implementation of solutions for a healthy ocean.

See the links below to learn more about the GEO Blue Planet Initiative and the associated Marine Biodiversity Observation Network: Oceans and Society: GEO Blue Planet

Blue Planet’s mission is to advance and exploit synergies among the many observational programmes devoted to ocean and coastal waters; to improve engagement with a variety of users for enhancing the timeliness, quality and range of services delivered; and to raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations at the public and policy levels.

The GEO BON Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON). MBON seeks to establish a process for sustained, operational measurements of biodiversity around the globe.

The U.S. Marine Biodiversity Network (U.S. MBON)

Emily Smail
Emily Smail
Emily Smail
Emily Smail


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Emily Smail

Emily Smail is the coordinator for the GEO Blue Planet Initiative and is based at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, USA.




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