GEO Blue Planet is the ocean and coastal arm of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). GEO Blue Planet works to ensure the sustained development and use of ocean and coastal observations for the benefit of society by promoting collection of continuous ocean observations, processing of data into information and linking this information with societal needs. GEO Blue Planet tackles the end of the value chain from observations to applications based on a network of ocean and coastal-observers, social scientists and end-user representatives from a variety of stakeholder groups.

Core Action Areas


Through its core actions, GEO Blue Planet’s focuses its activities on bridging the gap between ocean and coastal observational data and societal needs to deliver actionable information. Activities are selected based on stakeholder needs, and all contribute to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and ensure the inclusion of Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs).

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The GEO Blue Planet Secretariat provides scientific and logistical support for GEO Blue Planet activities. The Secretariat also provides coordination support for activities and developing partnerships. The Executive Director of GEO Blue Planet, Dr. Emily Smail, heads the Secretariat and its U.S. Office, which is hosted by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The European Office, hosted by Mercator Ocean International, is headed by Dr. Audrey Hasson, the EU4OceanObs Action Coordinator of the GEO Blue Planet component. A new Asian Office was opened at the end of 2022, hosted by the Korea Maritime Institute and headed by Dr. Sung-Jin Cho.