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EuroGOOS Newsletter

1 July 2021

EuroGOOS HIGHLIGHTS

EuroGOOS contributes to European Marine Board policy brief on in situ ocean observations
 
The European Marine Board published a policy brief on ‘Sustaining in situ Ocean Observations in the Age of the Digital Ocean’. The document aims to inform key stakeholders – such as national and European policymakers, funders, international groups like the G7 and G20, and relevant UN agencies – about the benefits of ocean observations; funding and governance challenges; as well as ways to improve financing sustainability. It also outlines a set of concrete recommendations to develop a holistic and integrated ocean observing system. Several EuroGOOS members and former EuroGOOS Chair George Petihakis contributed to the policy brief. The full text can be accessed here.
EuroGOOS at the European Commission's Ocean Observation event
 
The European Commission’s Ocean Observation event took place on 18 June. It was organised by the EC Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maritime Innovation, Marine Knowledge and Investment, and co-organised by the EMODnet Secretariat, European Marine Board, EuroGOOS and Copernicus Marine Service. The event included two sessions aiming to identify ways to accelerate deployment of more efficient and effective ocean observation technology in Europe, and address gaps and requirements in ocean observing, respectively. Members of the EuroGOOS Board and Office participated as moderators, rapporteurs and panel members during this event. Read more here.
Ocean Decade Laboratory 'An Inspiring and Engaging Ocean'
 
The first Ocean Decade Laboratory on Decade Outcome ‘An Inspiring and Engaging Ocean’ will take place on 7-8 July 2021 as a virtual event. Hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in partnership with IOC-UNESCO, the Laboratory will be complemented by a diverse range of international Satellite Activities. The EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Network is organizing an activity to discuss the role of scientists as ocean literacy advocates and the societal engagement activities in the EuroGOOS community. The event is co-organized by the EuroGOOS Office and six Ocean Literacy members from HCMR (Greece), ISPRA (Italy), NIVA (Norway), INGV (Italy), IEO (Spain), and the Marine Institute/Irish Ocean Literacy Network (Ireland). Read more here.
Tide Gauge Task Team annual meeting
 
The annual meeting of the Tide Gauge Task Team took place virtually on 30 June. Key topics on the agenda included, among others, the review of terms of reference; the status of ongoing actions and progress made by technical subgroups in relation to the status definition of stations and common metadata as well as various initiatives and projects (EuroSea, EEA COINS, etc.); and future actions. Task Team Chair Begoña Pérez (Puertos del Estado, Spain) stepped down after 6 years in the role and two new co-Chairs were elected: Angela Hibbert (National Oceanography Centre, UK) and Elizabeth Bradshaw (National Oceanography Centre/British Oceanographic Data Centre, UK).
DOORS project kicks off
 
The DOORS project, titled ‘Developing Optimal and Open Research Support for the Black Sea’, started in June 2021 for a four-year duration, under the coordination of GeoEcoMar (Romania). DOORS is a research and innovation action under the European Union Horizon 2020 programme, bringing together 37 partners to advance the Black Sea Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda. The project consortium represents all countries in the Black Sea region as well as several pan-European organizations and Research Infrastructure consortia. EuroGOOS is leading the work package on stakeholder engagement and participates in other work packages to facilitate a smooth and integrated engagement activity throughout the project. The DOORS kick-off meeting took place on 29-30 June 2021 as a virtual event. Read more here.

NEWS FROM OUR MEMBERS

AZTI contributes to study providing the first complete diagnosis of the origin and nature of ocean litter

AZTI has contributed key knowledge and data on floating marine litter in the Bay of Biscay to a new study published in Nature Sustainability. The study provides a comprehensive overview of the origin and nature of human-made litter in the global ocean, by standardizing over 12 million data across the main databases worldwide. This marks an important step in the study of marine litter and provides vital information for decision-making. Read more here.
 NOC will create Europe's first maritime operations and training centre for robotic vehicles

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has partnered with the Royal Navy and SeaBot XR to launch the National Centre for Operational Excellence in Marine Robotics. The new centre of excellence will provide new standards of marine robotics training and a competence-based curriculum dedicated to autonomous and remote vessel surface and sub-surface operations. Additionally, companies will have access to a combined training and testing site to try out their own autonomous and remote-controlled vessels. The centre will be based in Southampton, UK and will be officially launched in November 2021. Read more here.
Cefas will provide maritime pollution expertise to Sri Lanka in response to environmental disaster
 
The UK Government’s Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) will support Sri Lankan authorities in their efforts to cope with the devastating effects of the X-Press Pearl container vessel fire. Cefas will assist local emergency response teams with plastic pollution monitoring, environmental and socioeconomic impact assessments, as well as training and capacity-building to prevent future incidents and protect biodiversity in the region. Read more here.
SHOM updates its data portal
 
SHOM has introduced a new and improved user interface for its data portal. First launched in January 2013, the SHOM portal provides access to a wide range of data related to the description of the marine physical environment. The revamped interface features an improved navigation menu, a redesigned drawing tool, a restructured ‘Oceanographic forecasts’ tab, new measurement tools, as well as an English version of the portal. Discover the new interface here.
Ifremer will co-lead new 'Ocean and Climate' Priority Research Programme
 
Ifremer will co-manage, together with CNRS, the ‘Ocean and Climate’ Priority Research Programme. Launched in June 2021 with a budget of €40 million, the programme aims to contribute to a better understanding and protection of the ocean ecosystem. It is organized around four geographical areas (overseas France; the deep ocean; the polar oceans; coastal ecosystems in mainland France) and focuses on three key priorities: forecasting the ocean’s response to climate change; the sustainable use of the ocean and preservation of its biodiversity; and reducing ocean pollution. Read more here.
CMCC contributes to new Horizon 2020 project examining the role of sea ice and snow in the polar and global climate system
 
The CMCC Foundation Euro-Mediterranean Center of Climate Change (CMCC) is partner of a new Horizon2020 project CRiceS – ‘Climate relevant interactions and feedbacks: the key role of sea ice and snow in the polar and global climate system’. This aims to improve model predictions of the role of polar processes in the global climate system including oceans, ice and snow cover, and the atmosphere. The project runs between 2021 and 2025 and will bring together 21 international research teams across various fields of expertise. Read more here.

LATEST STAKEHOLDER NEWS

ENVRI user story competition
 
ENVRI launches a video story competition for all users of the ENVRI community or services provided by ENVRI cluster projects. Participants should produce a two-minute video sharing their experience with ENVRI services, and explaining how these benefited their scientific work. Entries will be evaluated on creativity and scientific merit. The grand winner will receive a prize of €3,000 to support his/her research. Video submissions are open here until 31 August 2021.
 European Commission published Communication on sustainable fishing in the EU
 
On 9 June, the European Commission adopted the Communication “Towards more sustainable fishing in the EU: state of play and orientations for 2022”. Reflecting the European Green Deal objectives, the Communication assess the progress made towards sustainable fishing in the EU and calls for further efforts to protect marine resources. Read the full text here.
IOC-UNESCO launches groundbreaking analysis of global harmful algal blooms
 
UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) launched the first-ever global statistical analysis of harmful algal blooms. The study, conducted over 7 years by 109 scientists across 35 countries, examined approximately 10,000 harmful algal bloom events over the past 33 years. A new interactive portal was also released to facilitate public access to information about harmful algal occurrences over time at every scale. Read more here.
Visit the Ocean Decade virtual 'Creative Exhibition'
 
The Ocean Decade Creative Exhibition is hosted virtually by the Ocean Agency, as part of broader efforts to raise awareness and support to help fast-track ocean conservation actions. The initiative makes a wide range of artwork freely available to download and use for exhibitions in schools, libraries, businesses or social media. Click here to discover more.

UPCOMING EVENTS

#WeAreAllOceanCitizens Event

On 9 July 2021, Mercator Ocean International (MOI) with the Copernicus Marine Service in partnership with Sulitest and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) will host a side-event during the 2021 session of the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. The event, titled “We Are All Ocean Citizens”, will kick off a SDG14 educational module which aims to inform policymakers, students, entrepreneurs, and the general public about the current challenges facing the ocean and the essential role of SDG14 for the planet’s health. Event’s registration information and agenda can be found here
Training on remote sensing organized by EUMETSAT, the Copernicus Marine Service and IOC/OTGA
 
The training workshop, run by IOC/OTGA, EUMETSAT and Copernicus Marine Service, will take place online between 30 August and 17 September 2021. The course is intended for professionals conducting teaching and/or training on remote sensing in academic, operational, or commercial environments, and aims to equip attendees with the knowledge and skills they need to train others on available EO tools. Participation is free of charge. Applications are open here before 23 July 2021. Read more here.
Polar Data Forum IV call for abstracts: deadline extended until 4 July 2021

The Polar Data Forum IV will take place online on 20-24 September 2021, and will be co-hosted by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) and the European Polar Board (EPB). The Forum consists of a series of workshops and hackathons on 20-22 September, followed by a two-day plenary conference on 23-24 September. The call for abstracts for oral presentations and posters is open here until 4 July 2021. More information is available on the event’s website.
Baltic Sea Science Congress 2021
 
The 13th Baltic Sea Science Congress (BSSC) will be hosted by Aarhus University, Denmark on 18-22 October 2021. In light of the UN Ocean Decade and expected update of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan, this year’s edition will focus on five overarching themes: the Baltic Sea in transition, Baltic ecosystems, emerging threats, new technologies, and stewardship for the Baltic Sea. Abstracts can be submitted before 1 September 2021. More information is available here.
 International Ocean Data Conference 2022
 
The International Ocean Data Conference 2022 – ‘The Data We Need for the Ocean We Want’ will be held as a hybrid event on 14-16 February, 2022 in Sopot, Poland. The conference will discuss a wide range of ocean topics organized across four main sections:  global strategies and policy; implementing the digital commons; future perspectives; and conference declaration and wrap-up. The provisional programme can be accessed here.
Oceanology International 2022
 
The three-day conference and exhibition will take place on 15-17 March 2022 in London. The event, which is expected to attract over 8,000 attendees and more than 500 exhibitors, will connect stakeholders in industry, academia, and government to discuss the latest ocean technologies for a sustainable blue economy. Interested visitors can sign up for the latest news here. More information is available here.
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