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EuroGOOS Newsletter

January 2021

EUROGOOS HIGHLIGHTS

The EuroGOOS International Conference: Abstract submission is now open

Abstract submission is now open for the 9th EuroGOOS International Conference, Advances in Operational Oceanography: Expanding Europe’s Ocean Observing and Forecasting Capacity, to take place virtually on 3-5 May 2021. Held every three years, the conference aims to provide a review of current ocean monitoring and forecasting capacities and oceanographic services and map out new science and technology priorities.

This year’s edition will focus on three core topics: in-situ and remote sensing observations; ocean modelling and forecasting; and end-user needs and marine development. Abstracts should be submitted via the online abstract submission system on the conference website before 15 January 2021.

EuroGOOS Kostas Nittis Award: Call for nominations is now open until 31 January 2021
 
EuroGOOS is calling for nominations for the Kostas Nittis Award 2020. The award, consisting of the Kostas Nittis medal and a grant of €3,000, will be issued to outstanding marine students younger than 30 years old, conducting innovative work at the Master of Science or Ph.D. level in the areas of climate change, marine safety, ecosystems and ocean health, or operational oceanography. Candidates should be nominated by current EuroGOOS members. Read more here.
European Commission open public consultation: Ocean observation sharing responsibility
 
EuroGOOS submitted its institutional response to the European Commission inception impact assessment 'Ocean observation: sharing responsibility' as part of the online consultation on the inception (22 October–19 November 2020). This initiative, launched by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, aims to achieve joint planning of ocean observation activities and a framework for collaboration at the national and EU level. Following the online consultation, the Commission initiated an open public consultation to collect stakeholder views on current challenges in ocean observations and explore potential solutions. Find out more and have your say here until 19 February 2021.
 EuroSea 1st Anniversary Webinar and General Assembly
 
On 20 November, the EuroSea project first anniversary webinar brought together 157 stakeholders including the project's funders, partners, and users. The event marked a key milestone for the project, allowing participants to discuss progress and plan ahead for a lasting legacy. The EuroGOOS Office as well as the Task Teams and member organizations are actively involved in the project. Rewatch the webinar below.

The EuroSea General Assembly will take place virtually on 18-22 January, and will include a formal meeting, work package breakouts, and various stakeholder events.

The EuroSea 1st Anniversary Webinar was a milestone event to discuss the importance of EuroSea in the context of the Global Ocean Observing System efforts and the European Ocean Observing System framework development

EIONET Copernicus In Situ Data Expert Group: Data services for intermediate users at the coastal zone
 
The European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET) Copernicus In Situ Data Expert Group – created to facilitate the European Environment Agency’s cross-cutting coordination of the Copernicus In Situ component – has published a study on data services for intermediate users in coastal zones. The analysis aims to identify the data and information gaps for coastal users of the Copernicus services, formulate recommendations to address these limitations, and raise public awareness of the challenges of the coastal environment. The group is led by the Centro Nacional de Información Geográfica (CNIG) in Spain and brings together experts specialized in different Copernicus In Situ data themes, including contributors from EuroGOOS member Puertos del Estado. The full study is available here.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Sustaining Ocean Observations workshop proceedings are now available online

The proceedings of the Sustaining Ocean Observations workshop (16-18 September 2020) organized by the NASEM are now available for free download here. The meeting focused on a follow-up from OceanObs’19 and discussed a collective impact approach to overcome current barriers to sustained ocean observations and improve communications on the value of these observations. The EuroGOOS Office, represented by Dina Eparkhina, participated with a presentation in the session on ‘Strengthening the Collective Voice: Communicating the importance of ocean observing’. The workshop’s recordings and presentations are accessible on the event website.
 The National Oceanography Centre (NOC)-led research expedition to measure world's largest system of ocean currents
 
On 8 December, Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery set sail to measure one of the world’s largest system of ocean currents, the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. Using innovative technologies, these observations will enable a better understanding of large-scale ocean changes and impact on the weather. The expedition is part of the RAPID-AMOC 26N project led by the EuroGOOS member NOC. Read more about the project here and watch a short video presentation here.

LATEST STAKEHOLDER NEWS

Study on the uptake of new technology for ocean observation

 
The study aims to determine how new technologies can enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of sensors and platforms in the EU’s ocean observation efforts. Its objective is fourfold: assess the current state of development of ocean observation technologies; explain the way the ocean observation market works; examine how ocean observing enterprises finance their business; and outline opportunities and challenges for a more widespread use of new technologies in EU ocean observations. The initiative is jointly led by Deloitte, Wageningen University & Research, and Ramboll, and commissioned by the European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Have your say here until mid-February 2021.
Stakeholders discuss how to set the course for a sustainable blue planet during the EU International Ocean Governance Forum 2020

The EU International Ocean Governance Forum (IOG Forum) was organized by the European Commission in association with the European External Action Service on 14-16 December as a virtual event. Building on the contributions made during the first series of webinars and workshops (April-July 2020) and online consultation (July-October 2020), participants discussed how these proposals can be turned into concrete actions. A discussion paper was shared with the attendees.

During the high-level opening of the IOG Forum on 14 December, Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries took stock of recent developments in international ocean governance, calling for policy coherence across current instruments and strategies. A plenary session on practical actions and collective work, along with three series of thematic parallel sessions, followed suit on 15-16 December. A third a final IOG Forum will be held in mid-2021. Learn more here.
EU calls for blue post-COVID-19 recovery strategies at the UN General Assembly
 
During the UN General Assembly debate on two resolutions on Oceans and the Law of the Sea and on Sustainable Fisheries on 8 December, the EU emphasized the key importance of sustainable ocean economies and the blue economy for the broader recovery strategies from the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, the UN Ocean Decade was highlighted as the central framework for cooperation for the sustainable management of the ocean. Read the press release here and access the meeting’s full coverage here.
Official launch of the UN Ocean Decade, 60th Anniversary of the IOC-UNESCO, and publication of the Global Ocean Science Report 2020
 
On 1 January 2021, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO officially launched the UN Ocean Decade after 3 years of preparation and the contribution of over 2000 experts. The Decade aims to develop scientific knowledge, strengthen international cooperation, and foster new and inclusive partnerships for a sustainable, resilient, and healthy ocean.

The IOC-UNESCO's 60th anniversary celebration took place virtually on 14 December. Keynote speakers in the opening of the event included Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, as well as former and current IOC Executive Secretaries.The anniversary event was marked by the publication of the second edition of the Global Ocean Science Report, IOC-UNESCO’s flagship report. By examining the current status of ocean science capacity, capability, productivity, and investment, the report provides a comprehensive assessment of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda. Download the full report here.
New ocean literacy resources from IOC-UNESCO
 
Applications are open for the first round of the IOC-UNESCO online Ocean Literacy Training Course. The programme will include an introductory course on ocean literacy, along with sectorial courses targeting formal and non-formal educators, the media, government officials, as well as the general public. Participation is free of charge but places are limited. Apply here before 20 January (midnight CEST). Additional resources include a new ocean literacy portal and a Social Hub of Ocean Action and Literacy (SHOAL) mobile app. Interested users are invited to register their profile here.
All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum 2020
 
The 3rd All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum was hosted virtually by South Africa's Department of Science and Innovation and the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission on 3-4 December. The event brought together political leaders, researchers, scholars, civil society members, entrepreneurs, and youth representatives to discuss how the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance can contribute to the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The forum also explored links with policy and society, particularly the human dimension in marine research and fisheries management, collaboration in research and data infrastructure, joint initiatives under the All-Atlantic Cooperation, and contribution to the UN Ocean Decade. The second cohort of All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors promoting sustainable development and stewardship of the Atlantic was introduced during the second day of the forum.
International Virtual Conference on the use of Environmental DNA (eDNA) in Marine Environments: Opportunities and challenges
 
The virtual conference was hosted by the POGO Biological Observations Task Force on 30 November-3 December, gathering scientists, engineers, natural resource managers, and early career practitioners. Discussions focused on the opportunities and challenges surrounding the creation of a sustainable global omics/eDNA monitoring system and aimed to coordinate efforts to develop a programme proposal within the framework of the UN Ocean Decade. Key topics included the state of science and technology in environmental DNA, data and information management, eDNA applications for policy and resource management, and ways in which eDNA observation systems could be further developed to become a sustainable global eDNA monitoring system by 2030.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 First EuroSea Tide Gauge Network Workshop
 
The first EuroSea Tide Gauge Network Workshop will take place virtually on 12-14 January 2021. The workshop will unite the global tide gauge community to share knowledge, exchange information on recent activities, and identify solutions to regional challenges, while fostering coordination and communication with the Global Sea Level Observing System. Organized by the EuroGOOS Tide Gauge Task Team and hosted by EuroGOOS, the event is the first of the two workshops held in the framework of the EuroSea project. Click here for registration and programme information.
 Save the new dates: 10th FerryBox Workshop and High Frequency Radar Workshop, 17-18 March 2021
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 10th FerryBox Workshop and High Frequency Radar workshop was moved online and will take place on 17-18 March 2021. The agenda and registration information will be available in early 2021. 
Copernicus Marine Service General Assembly
 
The Copernicus Marine Service General Assembly will take place online on 26-28 January 2021. The event will gather all Copernicus Marine Service partners and stakeholders to strengthen cooperation, learn more about user needs, assess key achievements, and outline future plans. The draft agenda is available here. Registration is free and open here.
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