JUST RELEASED - Dialogues With Industry - Roadmap

Release Date: January 30, 2024
The Dialogues with Industry Roadmap builds on the proposed potential pathways identified through the series of consultations with the Ocean Enterprise and outlined in the Dialogues with Industry Synthesis Report and subsequent consultations. An important feature of the Dialogues with Industry series is its focus on an integrated set of actions that will enhance all components of the Ocean Enterprise across the Ocean Information Value Chain, as compared to focusing on individual actions. This Roadmap outlines a prioritized set of action pathways. 

Dialogues With Industry - Synthesis Report

Release Date: June 21, 2023
The report provides a synthesis of the content and outcomes of four Dialogues with Industry held from September 2022 to January 2023. The objective of these Dialogues was to explore and define opportunities for maturing public and private sector capability and capacity to support a growing need for actionable ocean data, information, and knowledge in support of the delivery of economic, societal, and environmental benefits.

Read the Synthesis Report Here


How can industry, science, and government together advance ocean observing for 2030?

The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), Marine Technology Society (MTS), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and industry partners launched, a new Ocean Decade action - a forum for compact and meaningful ‘Dialogues with Industry’. The goal of these dialogues is to develop ACTIONABLE recommendations, through interaction between new and established companies, academia, and government, on how the public and private sectors can evolve an expanded and multi-sectoral Global Ocean Observing System, to meet the needs of science, society and the Blue Economy. 

Through a successful and thriving mix of the public and private technologies and players, Dialogues with Industry aim to dismantle barriers and highlight opportunities towards achieving a mature, vibrant ocean observing enterprise.

What does Dialogues with Industry do?

  • Define principals for engagement around issues such as open data
  • Mature the market, enabling more rapid market growth, speed of new technology implementation and lowering the cost of ocean information service delivery
  • Develop mechanisms for information sharing across government, science and industry
  • Lower barriers and highlight opportunities to act together for mutual benefit


GOOS, MTS, NOAA and industry partners have identified a huge need to improve and expand communication if we are to collectively face societal challenges and the demand for an increased, resilient, and responsive global ocean observing, forecasting and information delivery system. Read the full Executive Summary to learn more about the challenge, what we can do and the benefits. 

Read the Background Paper to understand the rationale, background on the terminology, concepts of the ocean information value chain, and challenges and opportunities related to Ocean Observing as an emerging Blue Economy market place. It should act as a starting point to understand the barriers to maturing the ocean observing market throughout the value chain, from the taking of observations to the delivery of information products and services to users, and provide specific, actionable recommendations that will help to unlock the economic potential and meet increasing demands of ocean information over the next decade. 


Realizing a Robust Ocean Enterprise – Dialogue with Industry Results
April 11, 2023 - 9:00-10:30 am (EST)
Be the first to hear our synopsis and initial recommendations from our first 4 dialogues. We are looking for your feedback - did we get it right, are there major topics we missed? We are preparing a first cut of the actionable recommendations and will be seeking community input on prioritization and interest in taking action to accelerate the Ocean Enterprise.

Dialogue 1 - Instrument Provision: Supply and Development of Sensors and Platforms
Held on September 14, 2022 

Dialogue 2 - Multi-Sectoral Ocean Architecture: Integrating New Observing Networks and Business Models
Held on October 13, 2022

Dialogue 3 - User Driven Ocean Information Services: Core and Downstream Services
Held on December 7, 2022 

Dialogue 4 - Looking Ahead: New Technology for the Ocean Decade
Held on January 11, 2023


Each dialogue was carried out in a format of a 3-hour facilitated discussion with a moderator, participants and observers.

Around 25 participants were invited to attend each dialogue and represented the public and private sectors along with specific disciplines for each session. The moderator interacted with the participants via discussion and chat functions, and the participants provided their input to the post-dialogue reports. 

Up to 500 observers were able to participate in the dialogues through the chat function and then verbally for the last 30 minutes. The draft of the post-dialogue reports were available for observers to provide comments. 

Organizing Committee

  • Emma Heslop (GOOS IOC/UNESCO)
  • Donna Kocak (MTS/L3Harris)
  • Zdenka Willis (MTS)
  • Brittany Croll (NOAA)
  • Peer Fietzek (Kongsberg Maritime)
  • Indi Hodgson-Johnson (Integrated Marine Observing System)
  • Michelle Heupel (Integrated Marine Observing System)
  • Ralph Raynor (London School of Economics)
  • Boris Kelly-Gerreyn (Australian Bureau of Meteorology)
  • R Venkatesen (MTS India), Sebastien Boulay (SoFar)