Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2019

DOI

10.1080/1755876X.2019.1634959

Publication Title

Journal of Operational Oceanography

Pages

1-11

Abstract

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.

Comments

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.

Original Publication Citation

Smail, E. A., DiGiacomo, P. M., Seeyave, S., Djavidnia, S., Celliers, L., Le Traon, P.-Y., . . . Takaki, D. (2019). An introduction to the ‘Oceans and Society: Blue Planet’ initiative. Journal of Operational Oceanography, 1-11. doi:10.1080/1755876X.2019.1634959

ORCID

0000-0003-0909-4501 (Plag)

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