Decade Programs

Decade Programmes are global or regional in scale and will contribute to the achievement of one or more of the Ocean Decade Challenges. They are long-term (multi-year), interdisciplinary and consist of component projects and potentially enabling activities.

The following programmes are active or interested in activating in the Northeast Pacific region. Clicking on a programme will take you to the UN Ocean Decade website to find out more.

Are you interested in finding out more about how to connect with a global programme listed below? Reach out to us.

An Observing Air-Sea Interactions Strategy (OASIS)

The Observing Air-Sea Interactions Strategy (OASIS) PROGRAMME will provide observational-based knowledge to fundamentally improve weather, climate and ocean prediction, promote healthy oceans, the blue economy, and sustainable food and energy.

Challenger 150 - A Decade to Study Deep-Sea Life

Through supporting the development of new technologies and the expansion of observations, Challenger 150 aims to advance understanding of the diversity, distribution, function and services provided by deep-ocean biota; and to use this new knowledge to educate, inspire, and promote better management and sustainable use of the deep ocean.


CoastPredict integrates observations with numerical models to produce predictions with uncertainties from extreme events to climate, for the coastal marine ecosystems (their services), biodiversity, co-designing transformative response to science and societal needs.

Cultural Heritage Framework Programme

The Cultural Heritage Framework Programme (CHFP) provides a framework within which Decade Actions relating to cultural heritage can be encouraged, shared and supported, so that the impacts of such actions in delivering sustainable development are greater together than they would be individually.

Deep Ocean Observing Strategy (DOOS)

DOOS represents an interconnected network of deep-ocean observing, mapping, exploration, and modelling programs working together.

Early Career Ocean Professionals

Incorporate new ways of thinking into global ocean sustainability and stewardship challenges through diverse engagement.

Empowering Women for the Ocean Decade

Research findings will identify key barriers and good practice contributing to a proposed Strategy and Action Plan to help deliver equal opportunities for full participation and leadership by women at all levels of ocean science under the Ocean Decade.

Global Ecosystem for Ocean Solutions (GEOS)

GEOS will develop and deploy a series of equitable, durable, and scalable ocean-based solutions for addressing climate change and Ocean Decade's challenges. GEOS initial projects focus on ocean-based carbon dioxide removal, providing adaptation tools to coastal communities, and improving ocean-based human health.

Global Ocean Decade Programme for Blue Carbon (GO-BC)

GO-BC will enhance understanding of the ocean-climate nexus and generate new knowledge and solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Global Ocean Oxygen Decade

The ocean is losing oxygen at an alarming rate. This program will raise global awareness and provide actionable strategies and solutions.

Marine Life 2030

A Global Integrated Marine Biodiversity Information Management and Forecasting System for Sustainable Development and Conservation

Maritime Acoustic Environment (UN-MAE)

Understanding sound in the ocean is critical to support users of, and life within, the ocean.

Observing Together

We will leverage the Global Ocean Observing System’s network of expertise to bring needed observations and forecasts to community users and into global data streams, making every observation count.

Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability (OARS)

OARS will foster the development of the science of ocean acidification including the impacts on marine life and sustainability of marine ecosystems in estuarine-coastal-open ocean environments.

Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON)

The Biomolecular Ocean Observing Network (BOON) will develop a global system that will allow science and society to understand ocean life like never before.

Ocean Cities

Ocean Cities (OC-NET) is a network of marine cities committed with sustainability, permeability and regeneration of natural marine environments, for and with its population.

Ocean Literacy With All (OLWA)

OLWA advances Ocean Literacy (OL) through international partnerships and networks by designing and implementing transformative locally and globally relevant research-based activities and projects by and for diverse stakeholders.

Ocean Observing Co-Design

With fit-for-purpose and timely observations, we can track the current state of the ocean, enable skillful predictions and warnings, manage ocean resources, empower society to adapt to change, and ultimately, assess the impact of action towards a sustainable ocean.

Ocean Practices for the Decade

Ocean Practices’ will support all ocean stakeholders in securing, equitably sharing, and collectively advancing this methodological heritage. By engaging diverse communities of practice and interlinking them through FAIR digital technologies, OceanPractices will transform how science and other stakeholders align their interests/capacities, creating ever-better practices, promoting sustainable human and ocean well-being.

Ocean Voices

The Ocean Voices program will conduct research, incubate ideas, facilitate critical discussions and convene capacity building partnerships to identify barriers and pathways and enabling conditions for equity in the Decade.

Seabed 2030

A collaboration between The Nippon Foundation and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) to produce the definitive bathymetric map of the entire ocean by 2030.

Sustainability of Marine Ecosystems through Global Knowledge Networks (SMARTNET)

SMARTNET will establish a global knowledge network (GKN) for ocean science by strengthening and expanding the collaboration of ICES/PICES and partner organizations.

SUstainability, Predictability and REsilience of Marine Ecosystems (SUPREME)

Changing oceans are significantly impacting valuable marine species and the many people, communities, and economies that depend upon them.

Sustainable Blue Food Futures for People & Planet (Blue Food Futures)

Blue Food Futures will further our understanding of the potential and limits of blue food in food system transformations; better integrate blue foods into policies for food, climate, and nature; develop a series of blue food solution initiatives, co-produced by blue food stakeholders; and strengthen partnerships, build capacity, and promote access to blue food data by investing in a global community of practice.

Ready to dive in? There’s a place for everyone in the Ocean Decade—stay connected to help ensure a thriving, resilient, sustainable and productive Northeast Pacific Ocean.