U.S. Global Ocean Ship-based Hydrographic Investigations Program

US GO-SHIP is part of the international GO-SHIP network of sustained hydrographic sections, supporting:

  • Physical oceanography
  • The carbon cycle
  • Marine biogeochemistry and ecosystems
  • Global ocean/climate observing system

The US program is sponsored by US CLIVAR and OCB.

Funded by the National Science Foundation and NOAA.

2023: NOAA GO-SHIP A16N (March-May) two legs South to North along ~25°W in the Atlantic.

2023: NSF GO-SHIP I05 (July-Sept. 20223) East to West along 32°S in the Indian Ocean.

2024: In progress: NOAA A13.5 (Langseth, Feb.-Apr.)

Up next: NSF I08S (Thompson, Feb-Apr.);  ARC01 (Healy, late summer/early fall). As yet unconfirmed: NOAA A16S (late fall).

I09N is likely in early 2025 (Thompson). P04E may also occur in 2025.

Download/ Submit Cruise Data & Reports

Data and reports are available through the Cruise Data & Schedules Table

To submit and download CTD and bottle data, or to download carbon, current profilers and meterological data, follow the links at the Cruise Data Submission and Download page

Planned 2024 A13.5 Track

Austral Summer 2024 A13.5 along ~0°E in the Atlantic

Peviously occupied in 1983/84, 1995, & 2010, the 2024 February-April occupation will be the 4th repeat. See ads for open positions under "News & Jobs" above. Stay tuned for links to weekly reports from sea and the cruise blog.

Feb to March 2024 I08S (~90°E in Southern Ocean)

Departing from and returning to Fremantle, Australia, the R/V Thomas G. Thompson will spend about 6 weeks on the 4th full occupation of I08S, previously sampled in 1994, 2007, and 2016. I08S begins on the shelf south of the Antarctic Circle before heading north across the multiple fronts of the ACC. Links to weekly reports & cruise blogs coming soon.

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Fall 2024 ARC01 (North Pole Crossing)

Departing from Tromsø, Norway, the USCGC Healy will make the first ever single ship, single season trans-Arctic crossing.  These high-resolution surface to bottom multidisciplinary observations will be compared to earlier datasets (1987, 1994, 2005, 2015 ) to better understand Arctic change.

GO-SHIP Easy Ocean

Katsumata et al. (2022) present GO-SHIP Easy Ocean, a climate quality gridded synthesis of the land-to-land surface-bottom hydrographic observations from International GO-SHIP repeat occupations. It is intended to be simple to navigate and to have a multitude of uses such as numerical model validation, process study comparison, and decadal-scale quantification of ocean change.

The DOI for the GO-SHIP Easy Ocean dataset and a requested statement of acknowledgement can be found here.

A publication using U.S. GO-SHIP observations

Bourbonnais, A., B.X. Chang, R.E. Sonnerup, S.C. Doney, and M.A. Altabet, 2023: Marine N2O cycling from high spatial resolution concentration, stable isotopic and isotopomer measurements along a meridional transect in the eastern Pacific Ocean, Front. Mar. Sci., 10, 1137064,

A Bio GO-SHIP Publication

Larkin et al., 2023. High spatial resolution global ocean metagenomes from Bio-GO-SHIP repeat hydrography transects https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-021-00889-9

A publication using U.S. GO-SHIP observations

Tan, S., & Thurnherr, A. M. (2023). On the global decrease in the deep and abyssal density stratification along the spreading pathways of Antarctic Bottom Water since the 1990s. Geophysical Research Letters, 50, e2022GL102422. https://doi.org/10.1029/2022GL102422

Let us know about your most recent publication using US GO-SHIP data!

A publication for younger readers

Talley, L.D., 2021. Global ocean climate change: observing from ships. Frontiers for Young Minds 9:495240. doi: 10.3389/frym.2021.495240

Full publication list using US GO-SHIP data

If you notice a publication is missing, please send an e-mail to coordinator Martin Kramp with all corresponding references: Author(s), title, journal, year, URL and DOI if available.

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Behind the scenes

Get a glimpse of what is like to be at sea with US GO-SHIP!