Frontiers in Ocean Observing


Dear Colleague,

In December 2022, The Oceanography Society plans to publish its second annual supplement to Oceanography magazine on “Frontiers in Ocean Observing.” The first supplement is available online. As a first step toward the next publication, we are seeking ideas from the community for specific focus topics to cover within a six-theme overall framework. We are also seeking volunteers who would be interested in serving as subject matter experts for proposed topics. These guest editors would be responsible for reviewing the scientific content of five to six two-page contributions within one chapter.

PURPOSE. The purpose of the supplement is to provide a broadly accessible compendium of short articles that describe the many different ways in which scientists observe the ocean to improve our understanding and support the sustainable management of the ocean and its resources. One aim of the supplement is to help explain the scientific and societal importance and benefits of ocean observing to scientists, policymakers, funders, and the general public.

THEMES AND TOPICS. For the 2021 inaugural supplement, we aligned the first five themes with the priorities of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and encouraged the broadest possible article submissions within each topic. We added a sixth chapter on technology. Although the chapter themes are expected to remain the same, for this next supplement we would like to focus on one specific topic within each broad theme. The six chapter themes for 2022, along with a few example topics in parentheses, include: 

    1. Ocean-Climate Nexus (e.g., challenges of observing in extreme environments, ocean arrays, deep ocean warming, time series experiments)
    2. Ecosystems and Their Diversity (e.g., deep-sea ecosystems, coral reefs, mangroves)
    3. Ocean Resources and the Economy Under Changing Environmental Conditions (e.g., subsistence fishing, food from the ocean, seafloor mining)
    4. Pollutants and Contaminants and Their Potential Impacts on Human Health and Ecosystems (e.g., land-ocean interactions, plastics, nutrients, chemicals)
    5. Multi-Hazard Warning Systems (e.g., storm surges, tsunamis, harmful algae, spills)
    6. Technology (e.g., low-cost technologies, artificial intelligence, eDNA, sensors)

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST. Please email a brief description (no more than 250 words) of your suggested ocean observing topic that fits within one of the six chapter themes to Oceanography editor Ellen Kappel ( by April 15, 2022. In that email, please indicate two potential experts (ideally one more senior and one more junior) who would be  interested in volunteering as subject matter experts for that topic (self-nominations are specifically encouraged). 


      • Topic ideas and expert nominations: April 15, 2022
      • Expression of interest for short articles: June 15, 2022
      • Confirmation of contribution: July 6, 2022
      • First Draft: September 15, 2022
      • Internal review period: September 15–October 15, 2022
      • Expected publication date: December 2022

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Ocean Observing Executive Team
Kim Juniper (ONC), Sophie Seeyave (POGO), Emily A. Smith (NOAA/GOMO), and Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR)


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