The Pacific Ocean is vast.

It covers almost one third of the globes surface, and accounts for almost half of the ocean's surface.
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Scattered across the Pacific Ocean are several thousand islands, which are home to a diverse range of cultures.  The ancestors of these modern peoples were ancient voyagers, who navigated across the ocean using stars, birds, ocean swells and cloud patterns.

Even on the more developed Pacific Islands, society is still fundamentally dependent on the ocean.  The ocean bings great benefits such as trade, food and rain.  However the ocean also poses a significant threat; from cyclones, tsunamis, and the present day rapid sea level rise.
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It would be foolish not to monitor the Pacific Ocean.  This is achieved by a range of environmental sensors, from satellites which can monitor the sea surface from high in space, to teams of people who monitor coral reef health while diving and snorkelling, and even to highly sophisticated robots which sink into the ocean depth before climbing back to the surface every 10 days.

These pages describe how these measurements are made and provide links to where the data can be accessed.

The Pacific Islands Global Ocean Observing System, PI-GOOS, is housed at SPREP.

The position is funded by the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Perth office.

PI-GOOS aims to raise the awareness of, and support for ocean observing systems in the Pacific Islands region.  We also aim to identify and address gaps in the Pacific Ocean observing network.
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