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An introduction to the “Oceans and Society: Blue Planet” Initiative

July 17, 2019

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” (hereafter denoted as “GEO 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. GEO Blue Planet 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 summarizes the role of GEO Blue Planet, current activities and considerations for future directions.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2019
Title An introduction to the “Oceans and Society: Blue Planet” Initiative
DOI 10.1080/1755876X.2019.1634959
Authors Emily A Smail, Paul DiGiacomo, Sophie Seeave, Samy Djavidnia, Louis Celliers, Pierre-Yves Le Traon, Jeremy Gault, Elva Escobar-Briones, Hans-Peter Plag, Christine Pequignet, Lenore Bajona, Lin Zhang, Jay Pearlman, Andy Steven, Jon Hodge, Fanny-Mae Racault, Curt D. Storlazzi, Willam Skirving
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Operational Oceanography
Series Number
Index ID 70204335
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center