The GEOHAB Programme is designed to co-operate with other international programmes, including those supported by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), and/or the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). Those projects most relevant to GEOHAB include the Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics (GLOBEC) project, Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) project, Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Analysis (OCEANS) planning activity, and the Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) (see Figure and links below). The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), particularly its coastal element, is also an important partner of GEOHAB. Links between regional programmes will be established and will contribute to the overall achievement of GEOHAB.
In the context of IOC, the IOC governing body taking care of GEOHAB is the IOC Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms (IPHAB). IPHAB is composed of Member State Representatives and set IOC priorities and decide on IOC activites on harmful algae. IPHAB is thus the reference point in IOC for GEOHAB and the GEOHAB Scientific Steering Committee reports to IPHAB in the same way it reports to the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR). IPHAB is the intergovernmental linkage of GEOHAB, and major issues from GEOHAB can be brought to the IOC Assembly via IPHAB.
GEOHAB will co-operate and co-ordinate with relevant national, regional and international programmes:
GLOBEC (IGBP, IOC, SCOR)
LOICZ (IGBP, IHDP)
IMBER (IGBP, SCOR)
SOLAS (CACGP, IGBP, SCOR, WCRP)
GOOS (ICSU, IOC, WMO)