goos  A globally coordinated and sustained ocean observing system is urgently needed to assess the state of the ocean’s biological resources and ecosystems, address national management needs and evaluate progress towards the 2030 targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (specifically SDG 14), the 2020 Biodiversity Aichi targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), inform the second World Ocean Assessment and provide guidance to negotiations on areas beyond national jurisdiction.

The process includes identifying essential ocean variables, implementing best practices and international standards and enhancing global capacity. Delivering the resulting information through an open access, integrated and quality controlled database will support relevant science and societal needs.

A video of a webinar recently hosted by the Biology and Ecosystems Panel of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS BioEco), the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEOBON) and the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) on this topic is now available on YouTube. Presenters included GCOOS PI Dr. Frank Muller-Karger, Dr. Nic Bax, Director NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub, and Eduardo Klein, of the Universidad Simon Bolivar.

The webinar provides an overview of the GOOS-BioEco, GEOBON/MBON and OBIS, and highlights the agreement among them to make use of the best available resources, share expertise and ensure compatibility between outputs and advice from the three initiatives.