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Enhancement of ocean observation network toward achievement of SDG14
by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, JAMSTEC(Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology) (Government)
Global ocean monitoring and scientific findings in relation to oceanic environmental changes are definitely required for sustainable development and effective usage of ocean and oceanic resources, which are at heart of SDG14.
Against this background, we intend to promote the following three actions below under international collaboration:
1) Continuous global ocean monitoring by use of conventional Argo float network;
2) Enhancement of deep float network to obtain information on deep ocean, which can be directly connected to marine resources monitoring. Through this initiative, we hope to take lead in the international community to clarify the mechanism of deep ocean climate changes by deploying deep float and solving related technical issues;
3) Enhancement of biogeochemical float network to monitor global changes of biogeochemical variables which are deeply linked to ocean acidification and changes in carbon cycle in conjunction with global warming.
The obtained data will be made available to the public nearly in real time as basic/essential information used in every action to contribute to the goal of SDG14.

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Progress reports
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Data access and sharing
nearly in real time
Argo data
nearly in real time
Data obtained by Deep sea floats and BGC floats
nearly in real time
Integrated data set of observations
nearly in real time
Scientific knowledge
In-kind contribution
ship, facilities and floats
Basic information
Time-frame: April 2014 - March 2019
Argo Community, JCOMM, GOOS
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
G7 member countries, others
Contact information
Tsuyoshi Sugiura, Deputy Manager of International Affairs Division, JAMSTEC, jam-iad02@jamstec.go.jp,
Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
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