A National Science Foundation Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure Project


The Global Ocean Biogeochemistry Array is a global robotic network of profiling floats carrying chemical and biological sensors that will revolutionize our understanding of ocean biogeochemical cycles, carbon uptake, acidification, deoxygenation, and ecosystem health.


Data from floats and ships, and tutorials on using the data


Array Status

Current float deployments and future plans


Partnering teachers with scientists to bring research into the classroom


Upcoming events related to the GO-BGC project

Latest News

New $53 million grant to create a world-wide fleet of robotic floats to monitor ocean health

Oct 29, 2020 – The National Science Foundation has approved a $53 million grant to build a global network of chemical and biological sensors that will monitor ocean health around the world.

Upcoming Events

Revolutionizing our understanding of the ocean

Scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, the University of Washington, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Princeton University will use this grant to build and deploy 500 robotic ocean-monitoring floats around the globe as part of NSF’s Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-2 program


The GO-BGC Project is a partnership of researchers from many of the major oceanographic institutions in the U.S. who bring experience in oceanographic data collection and analysis and in public engagement on ocean issues.

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“It’s kind of like a mission to Mars, right out in our Bay,” said Jim Birch, a researcher at the MBARI on the collaboration on the @saildrone Surveyor’s development.

https://www.montereyherald.com/2021/02/27/sailing-without-a-crew-saildrone-aiming-to-replace-manned-ships-on-mapping-expeditions/ @MontereyHerald

Important new @PNASNews study from @USC_earth scientists Emily Zakem and Naomi Levine.


Most of the action involving carbon occurs not in the sky but underfoot & undersea. The Earth’s plants, oceans & mud store 5x more carbon than the atmosphere. https://twitter.com/WilliamJBroad/status/1362018973253070850

William J. Broad@WilliamJBroad

“The ocean is a huge carbon reservoir with the potential to mitigate or enhance global warming.” http://createsend.com/t/j-2E6E7782D5FF68332540EF23F30FEDED

A new study from the San Diego Zoo and UCSC finds that polar bears and narwhals are using up to four times as much energy to survive because of major ice loss in the Arctic: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/24/arctic-ice-loss-forces-polar-bears-to-use-four-times-as-much-energy-to-survive-study

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