Connect the world's oceans to power a more sustainable future.

Delivering ocean insights to science, society, and industry to act on Planet Ocean.

Oceans cover over 70% of our planet

And over 90% of the world’s trade is carried by sea. Oceans drive our weather and climate, which impacts everyone: every human, every industry, and every country.

And still, ocean data is next to non-existent. We know more about the surface of the moon than the waters surrounding us.

At Sofar, we aim to deliver large-scale ocean data to accelerate climate insights. Ocean data and insights are increasingly critical for successful climate mitigation and adaptation solutions. As a first step, we are building the world’s largest real-time ocean weather sensor network which provides the most accurate marine weather information and forecasts to power industry-specific solutions.

We believe that more and better ocean data will contribute to greater understanding of our environment, better decisions, improved business outcomes, and ultimately contribute to a more sustainable planet.

What is Sofar?

Below the surface, most of the ocean is dark and unknown. Getting information from any part of the ocean is difficult. Is it raining in the middle of the Pacific? Impossible to know. However, at about 1km depth, our oceans are equipped with a highly effective global communication channel, known as the SOFAR channel (which is short for Sound Fixing and Ranging Channel).

This natural sound tube is used by marine mammals for long-range communication, and scientists have measured minute changes in global ocean temperatures by listening to remote sound sources at this depth. Our mission is to connect the world’s oceans, but we’re united by a fascination for the unknown, and our name is inspired by the beauty of this natural sound channel.


Oceans First

We have one planet. If we have to choose between more profit or better oceans, we choose the ocean.

Team Wins

We can only accomplish this mission together. Respect and help others, always.

Challenge with Heart

Vocal but open to others’ ideas. Listen, discuss, and commit.

Ship for Impact

Build for the mission, be pragmatic, and move fast. Ocean health can’t wait.

Grab an Oar

We pride ourselves on being proactive, taking responsibility, and always making things better.


Founding Team

Headshot Tim Janssen Co-founder

Tim Janssen, PhD

Co-Founder and CEO

Headshot Evan Shapiro Co-founder

Evan Shapiro

Co-Founder and CTO

Leadership Team

Headshot Shik Sundar

Shik Sundar

VP of Sales

Shireen Khan

Head of People

Headshot Cameron Dunning

Cameron Dunning

Head of Operations

Headshot Ariel Rhoda

Ariel Rhoda

Head of Product

Headshot Pieter Smit

Pieter Smit, PhD

Head of Ocean Research

Headshot Peter Rive, Chairman

Peter Rive


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We are here to build a more sustainable future powered by ocean intelligence. Join us and help tackle climate change.

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