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2nd announcement: Symposium on Harmful Algal Blooms and Climate Change

HAB banner 2015The scientific symposium entitled "Harmful Algal Blooms and Climate Change" is co-sponsored by PICES and other international organizations. It will take place in Göteborg, Sweden, on 19-22 May 2015.


As the topic includes both HABs and climate change, there is a desire to engage a diversity of scientific disciplines in the discussions that will be held at the symposium. 

Abstract submissions are due 1 April 2015.  

POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship 2015 Programme

pogo partnershipThe Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) is pleased to
announce that the POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship programme for 2015 is now open for applications.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2015.

The scheme is designed to promote training and capacity building leading towards a global observation scheme for the oceans, and is aimed at scientists, technicians, graduate students (PhD) and post-doctoral fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

For more information and details on how to apply please see: 


Conference: Sustained ocean observing for the next decade

A combined GO-SHIP/Argo/ IOCCP conference on physical and biogeochemical measurements of the water column

14 – 18 September 2015

Galway, Ireland

 The conveners have great pleasure in announcing a science meeting to bring together participants in GO-SHIP, Argo and IOCCP, with the particular purpose of reviewing and stimulating further research that exploits the synergies among the sponsoring programs.

The GAIC2015 conference will be held in Galway, Ireland from 14 to 18 September 2015.

The conference web site can be found here:


Online Application is now open for IOCCP Summer Course on biogeochemical sensors

The IOCCP is pleased to OPEN an ONLINE APPLICATION for a 10-day international Summer Course on best practices for selected biogeochemical sensors (oxygen, pH, pCO2, nitrate). The course will be held at the Sven Lovén Center for Marine Sciences in Kristineberg, Sweden, June 22-July 1, 2015. The goal of the course is to further develop proficiency in the use of a suite of biogeochemical sensors and to improve the quality of the data currently generated by autonomous biogeochemical sensors. This intensive, 10-day Summer Course will provide trainees with lectures, hands-on in-situ and laboratory experiences, and informal interactions to improve in-depth knowledge on instrument know-how, troubleshooting, data management, data reduction and quality control.

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Welcome Aboard to Champika Gallage, JCOMMOPS Technical Coordinator for DBCP and OceanSITES

The JCOMMOPS office, GOOS and JCOMM welcomes Champika Gallage to her new position as Technical Coordinator of buoy operations, serving the Data Buoy Cooperation Panel and the OceanSITES network of reference stations. Champika has been the Marine Monitoring Coordinator with Environment Canada, where she has coordinated the Arctic and sub-Arctic drifter buoy program, researched drifter buoy technology requirements and coordinated Canadian drifter buoy deployments with the global community.  She will continue similar work, but now on the international stage, joining the JCOMMOPS team in coordinating the global ocean observation systems.