Virtual Workshop on the New Global Ocean Biogeochemistry (GO-BGC) Array

Building a Community of Biogeochemistry Float Data Users

To inform and engage a broad oceanographic user community, the Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry (OCB) and the US Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Programs, along with GO-BGC leadership, held a virtual GO-BGC Scientific Workshop from June 28-30, 2021. The objectives of the workshop were to:


  • Introduce the GO-BGC plan to the global scientific community
  • Discuss and innovate on scientific applications of GO-BGC data
  • Provide background information on the flow of data and archiving
  • Deliver hands-on tutorials and computer code for accessing GO-BGC data

Read the activity proposal

Recordings of the talks and discussions can be found in the links below.

Day 1 Theme: What is GO-BGC: Outline and Plans

Monday, June 28, 2021

Chair—Sarah Purkey, Scripps Inst. Oceanography

10:00-10:05  am (PACIFIC TIME) Welcome & Introduction
10:05-10:35 Keynote (Ken Johnson, MBARI)

Basic questions about GO-BGC (short summaries of pre-recorded talks above)

Float technology (Steve Riser, UW)
O2, NO3, pH, FLBB sensor review (Yui Takeshita, MBARI)
Cruise planning (Lynne Talley, Scripps Inst. Oceanography)
Data management (Tanya Maurer, MBARI)

11:30-12:00 Panel Discussion
12:00-12:15 Break

Science applications (short summaries of pre-recorded talks above)

O2/nutrients/pH/Chl (Lionel Arteaga, NASA GSFC)
Fisheries (Cara Wilson, NOAA SWFSC)
Carbon (Seth Bushinsky, Univ. Hawai’i)
Models (Matt Mazloff, Scripps Inst. Oceanography)

Day 2 Theme: GO-BGC Science

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Chair—David “Roo” Nicholson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.

10:00-10:05  am (PACIFIC TIME) Introduction

Short talks from prospective national GO-BGC users

Nathan Briggs (UK)
Marti Gali (Spain)
Mariana Bif (Brazil/US)
Fei Chai (China)
Emily Osborne (US)
Christina Schallenberg (Australia)
Miguel Piecho-Santos (Portugal)

11:30-11:45 Break
11:45-12:30 Breakout rooms for specific discussions among users
12:30-1:15 Panel Discussion: report from breakout rooms

Day 3 Theme: GO-BGC and Community Interaction

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Chair—Todd Martz, Scripps Inst. Oceanography


10:00-10:05 am (PACIFIC TIME) Introduction
10:05-10:30 Outreach (George Matsumoto, MBARI)

Data tutorials

Introduction (Alison Gray, UW)
Matlab, Python, and R

MATLAB, R, and Python code developed for BGC Argo data access tutorials on the GO-BGC GitHub page:

11:45-12:00 Break

Engagement with other programs

Pete Strutton (Australia)
Katja Fennel (Canada)
Hedy Edmonds (US/NSF)
Emily Smith (US/NOAA)

12:30-1:15 Meeting summary, questions, final discussion