Opening Plenary: Welcome to OceanObs’19

Representatives from the region, the public, and the OceanObs’19 planning group will open the Conference and provide an overview of the OceanObs conference series. What are the successes of the conferences? What opportunities exist going forward, and how will we realize our goals as a community?


Dee Caffari, The Ocean Race

OceanObs'19 and Decade of the Ocean

Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Special Video Message

Ambassador Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean

Conference History/Importance

Albert Fischer, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

Conference Inspiration

Jan Newton, Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems

Proposed Legacy

Eric Lindstrom, National Aeronautics and Space Administration