An introduction to the ‘Oceans and Society: Blue Planet’ initiative

Emily A. Smail, Paul M. DiGiacomo, Sophie Seeyave, Samy Djavidnia, Louis Celliers, Pierre-Yves Le Traon, Jeremy Gault, Elva Escobar-Briones, Hans-Peter Plag, Christine Pequignet, Lenore Bajona, Li Zhang, Jay Pearlman, Andy Steven, Jonathan Hodge, Marie Fanny Racault, Curt Storlazzi, William Skirving, Ron Hoeke, John MarraAp van Dongeren, Frank Muller-Karger, Douglas Cripe, Daniel Takaki

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We live on a blue planet, and Earth’s waters benefit many sectors of society. The future of our blue planet is increasingly reliant on the services delivered by marine, coastal and inland waters and on the advancement of effective, evidence-based decisions on sustainable development. ‘Oceans and Society: Blue Planet’ is an initiative of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) that aims to ensure the sustained development and use of ocean and coastal observations for the benefit of society. The initiative works to advance and exploit synergies among the many observational programmes devoted to ocean and coastal waters; to improve engagement with a variety of stakeholders for enhancing the timeliness, quality and range of information delivered; and to raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations at the public and policy levels. This paper summarises the role of the initiative, current activities and considerations for future directions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S1-S11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Operational Oceanography
Issue numbersup2
Early online date17 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2019


  • group on earth observations
  • Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON)
  • ocean best practices
  • Ocean observations
  • Oceans and Society: Blue Planet
  • science for society
  • user engagement

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