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Cooperative marine science activities of IOC in the Caribbean and adjacent regions have existed for more than fifty years. Over this period three distinct stages have marked the evolution of marine Sciences in the region. CICAR - 1968: The first regional effort in marine sciences in the Caribbean was the Cooperative Investigations of the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (CICAR) coordinated by IOC and modeled on the Indian Ocean International Expedition. Its aim was the understanding of the oceans and related processes in the Greater Caribbean region. IOCARIBE Association, 1975: The Member States recognized the benefits of CICAR and expressed their interest in creating a successor organization.

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Co-designing the science for the Ocean Decade

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) will harness and stimulate innovative ocean research, from co-design to co-delivery, and strengthen the multi-stakeholder cooperation needed to develop the science we need for the ocean we want.


The Decade will provide a framework for collaborative and participative ocean research, and support better integration of diverse knowledge systems from different science disciplines and ocean communities.

Societal Outcomes

Clean Ocean
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Healthy Ocean
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healthy and resilient ocean

Productive Ocean
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productive ocean

Safe Ocean
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safe ocean

Accessible ocean
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Accessible ocean

Predicted Ocean
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predicted ocean

Inspirinng and Engaging Ocean
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inspiring and engaging ocean

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15 Mar 2023

The Ocean Decade at Oceanology International Americas 2023: leading the science, data,…

The Oceanology International Americas Conference (OiA) in San Diego, which showcases innovative ocean technology…
12 Mar 2023

Public and private sectors to advance ocean observing

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07 Feb 2023

New endorsed Decade Actions spotlight science-based solutions for ocean resilience

Seven of the newly endorsed Decade Actions are innovative postdoctoral research projects with a focus on science-based…
11 Mar 2023

Why observe the ocean?

Ocean observing is essential for a better understanding of how society and all life on earth is affected by climate change. The information gathered is invaluable to policymakers and individual nations, guiding them to make change at a global, regional and local level.   Information from ocean observing is also essential for weather forecasting. It delivers early warning of hazards…

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