Partnership with IOC-UNESCO

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Our unique partnership with IOC-UNESCO is pioneering an exciting new area of citizen science by using amateur sailors to gather information about the oceans.

The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)

Data is currently gathered about the climate, weather, and oceans in a variety of ways, from satellite observations in space and land-based weather stations to buoys drifting with the ocean currents and floats descending into the depths.

These global observing systems are managed by international organisations such as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), working in partnership with national government agencies, navies and oceanographic research institutions around the world.

The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) is the oceanographic part of this system. Its aims include monitoring, understanding and predicting weather and climate as well as describing and forecasting the state of the ocean.


A formal agreement was signed between the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) and Cornell Sailing Events, confirming the scientific and research projects that will be undertaken by sailors during the Odyssey events.

Under the auspices of:

  • JCOMMOPS (the Joint Technical Commission of the World Meteorological Organization and IOC-UNESCO),
  •  and NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA),

Odyssey participants will send back automated meteorological data and deploy drifter buoys and Argo floats in areas not frequented by commercial shipping to gather information on ocean currents, sea surface temperature, atmospheric pressure, winds and salinity.

These projects come under the umbrella of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).

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