The programme "International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange" (IODE) of the "Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission" (IOC) of UNESCO was established in 1961. Its purpose is to enhance marine research, exploitation and development, by facilitating the exchange of oceanographic data and information between participating Member States, and by meeting the needs of users for data and information products.
13-July-2015: OBIS Steering Group meeting report published
The fourth session of the OBIS Steering Group took place on 10-12 February 2015 at the IOC project office for IODE in Oostende, Belgium.
The call for baseline data and indicators on the status and change of biodiversity has never been greater with a standalone goal on the ocean as part of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the World Ocean Assessments as part of the UN regular process, the upcoming assessments of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), a potential new legally-binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), with the start of deep sea mineral mining and with increased evidence of cumulative human impacts to ocean resources and system dynamics.
In order to be able to deliver to these international requirements, the new panel on Biology and Ecosystems of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), in...
1-July-2015: OPI established as an ADU
The Oceans Past Initiative (OPI) is a global research network for marine historical research. Their goal is to enhance knowledge and understanding of how the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine life in the world’s oceans has changed over the long term to better indicate future changes and possibilities, and to contribute to the sustainable use of marine systems.
OPI is essentially aiming at contributing the historical biogeographic data (contained at HMAP Data Pages) to OBIS as a tier-3 OBIS node under EurOBIS and can contribute in data standard and best practice setting for historical biodiversity data.
In addition, OPI may contribute to the IODE Capacity Building programme in the field of history of humankind’s interactions with life in the oceans including paleo-ecology and climatology, archaeology, marine environmental history, economic history, oral history, historical ecology, fisheries history, and marine environmental and fisheries policy. OPI website:
11-May-2015: IOC Communication Strategy for Marine Information Management published
This document outlines a framework for communication activities for 2015-2017 identifying new objectives while building on previous outcomes. It acknowledges the need to broaden the understanding of MIM by the wider IODE Data Management community and identify robust mechanisms, which will improve communication between IODE Officers and GE-MIM and with other relevant agencies in marine information management. Effective communications will allow GE-MIM to disseminate these outcomes in a targeted and efficient manner, thereby promoting marine information management. DOWNLOAD
06-May-2015: 7th ICAN Workshop and ICAN Steering Group meeting – Cape Town, South Africa
Complete Overview, Documents and Participants
Since March 2013 the International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN) is an official Project of IODE of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). Between 19 and 20 April ICAN organized its 7th workshop which provided an opportunity to discuss how coastal web atlases (CWA) can assist in implementing ecosystem based management approaches. The venue of this workshop was particularly pertinent as the African continent is surrounded by five Large Marine Ecosystems (the Agulhas and Somali Current, The Benguela Current, the Canary Current, the Mediterranean Current, the Guinea Current) all requiring sustainable management and protection. As this was the first time the workshop took place in Africa, it was a great opportunity to discuss developments from the ODINAFRICA Coastal and Marine Atlas community. The ICAN Steering Group met after the workshop.
5-May-2015: Pieter Provoost joins IOC Project Office for IODE
Pieter Provoost joined the IOC Project Office for IODE. Pieter received a Master of Science degree in Marine and Lacustrine Sciences from Ghent University in 2005. After graduating, he joined the department of Ecosystem Studies at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) as a junior researcher. Pieter participated in a number of research projects, mainly focusing on benthic ecology and biogeochemistry in the North Sea. In 2011, he started working as a software developer in the private sector, first in retail logistics and later in human resources. Pieter has experience in software design, database management, backend and frontend development, and GIS. At the project office Pieter will support the OBIS secretariat as database manager as well as several other projects.
The IODE Meeting & Training Centre
IOC Qualifications in Identification and Enumeration of Harmful Microalgae
9 - 22 August 2015
First Session of the IODE/IAMSLIC Group of Experts on Marine Information Management
4 - 5 September 2015
Annual IAMSLIC Conference & 16 EURASLIC Biennial Meeting: Blue Growth: Motivating Innovations in Aquatic Information Management
7 - 11 September 2015
Steering Group of the Ocean Data and Information Network for the European Countries in Economical Transition
7 September 2015
Copernicus Users Information Day on Access to Marine Data Stream from EUMETSAT
11 September 2015