The European Marine Board provides a pan-European platform for its member organisations to develop common priorities, to advance marine research
and to bridge the gap between science and policy, in order to meet future marine science and societal challenges and opportunities.
A consensus view of the EurOCEAN 2014 participants representing that of the European marine research community and resulting from a wide consultation at national, regional, pan-European and international levels PDF [822.22 kB]
How our ancestors adapted to sea-level change
A summary of the key research needs and priorities to discover and safeguard Europe’s underwater heritage PDF [1.31 MB]
Land beneath the waves
State of the art, key opportunities and recommendations to advance the European Continental Shelf Prehistoric Research PDF [8.82 MB]
Annual Report 2013
European Marine Board Annual Report 2013 outlining EMB activities and outputs against the strategic approaches of Forum, Strategy, Synergy and Voice PDF [6.09 MB]
Oceans and Human Health
Key research needs and priorities to support the development of a holistic and coherent transnational oceans and human health research effort in Europe PDF [6.93 MB]
Navigating the Future IV
Foresight report organized around the framework of key societal challenges in the areas of climate, human health, food security, energy and safe and sustainable use of marine space PDF [8.63 MB]
Marine Protected Areas
Science needs and priorities to inform, engage and empower stakeholders in planning networks of MPAs across Europe and beyond PDF [5.48 MB]
Getting Ready for an Ice-free Arctic
Science Commentary calling for a sustained Arctic marine observation and data exchange system PDF [260.39 kB]
Reveals gaps in our knowledge and research capacities, examines the policy landscape and includes a roadmap for European marine biodiversity research. PDF [5.08 MB]
Highlights recent advances in marine microbial research and identifies key priorities and needs for future European research. PDF [8.71 MB]
Monitoring Chemical Pollution
A critical evaluation of current monitoring practices and assessment frameworks as well as mechanisms for including emerging chemicals of concern in monitoring programmes PDF [5.95 MB]
Marine biotechnology state of the art and its significant potential to contribute to scientific, societal and economic needs; and a concrete science policy strategy PDF [7.55 MB]
Ecosystem Approach to Management
Research priorities and a work plan to achieve the objectives of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Joint EMB-ICES-EFARO publication PDF [5.79 MB]
A vision for an end-to-end, integrated, inter-operable and user-oriented network of European marine observation and data systems PDF [6.72 MB]
Marine Mammals and Acoustics
Addressing a complex problem of the effects of some ocean-based human activities on the marine mammals, who rely heavily on sound for communication and social organization PDF [5.60 MB]
Summary of capabilities of satellite RS methodologies and their weaknesses, and a set of recommendations to maximise their effectiveness in monitoring shelf sea ecosystems PDF [5.39 MB]
Climate Change Impacts
An overview of the climate change research challenges both at European and regional levels, and future research needs, in support of European climate change strategies and policies PDF [2.90 MB]
Ocean Research Fleets
An inventory and description of the existing fleets, and recommendations on their enhanced use and management at pan-European level PDF [1.88 MB]
European Marine Board wishes you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015! View our card online
Today, EMB attended a workshop on Atlantic Seabed Mapping at Dublin Castle to further discuss implementation of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation, signed on 24 May 2013. The workshop was attended by international stakeholders from Europe, United States, Canada and Brazil representing policy, scientific and industry sectors from the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance. EMB vice-Chair and MEP, Ricardo Serrão Santos, highlighted the rich history of collaboration across the Atlantic, setting the science for a stakeholder discussion on priorities and mechanisms for a trans-Atlantic pilot initiative on Atlantic seabed mapping. Further topics included ways to align mapping and ocean observation efforts to provide the knowledge base for marine and maritime users and the knowledge gaps that are needed to improve global ocean circulation and next generation climate models. Picture features Sedlo seamount in the Northeast Atlantic.
Today, Niall McDonough, Executive Secretary of the European Marine Board is presenting the Rome Declaration at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference in Barcelona. Niall is also part of a panel discussing successful science-policy interface. Titled ‘The science-policy interface: Scientists communicating with Decision-Makers’, the purpose of the panel is to compare approaches and success stories from across the globe regarding how to make science understandable to those who make decisions about ocean management. The active involvement of end users of scientific information, including resource managers, policy-makers, and individual citizens enhances the impact and value of research initiatives. Therefore, effective science-policy interface is critical to protecting ocean resources. Other panelists include Alan Simcock (World Ocean Assessment, UK), Carol Turley (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK) and David Vander Zwaag (Dalhousie University, Canada).
On 13-14 November 2014, deep-sea experts from academia, industry and NGO sectors are meeting at the University of Lisbon for the final meeting of the EMB Working Group Deep Seas. The working group is assessing European and national investment in deep-sea research together with identifying future needs, gaps and priorities that will drive a new era of discovery and understanding of this vast, largely unknown ecosystem into the next decade. Such fundamental knowledge is also crucial for a growing deep-sea user community to underpin ecosystem-based management of deep sea resources in light of emerging commercial activities such as deep sea mining. In a round-table discussion, stakeholders assessed the need to balance blue growth with sustainability in the deep sea, noting the crucial role of deep-sea research as the evidence base for establishing baselines, monitoring impact and informing sustainability goals for the deep ocean and high seas. This interdisciplinary working group will deliver a EMB position paper in 2015 with recommendations for developing a deep-sea research strategy for Europe in the context of societal challenges and policy needs.
Picture features (top row, left to right): Marina Cunha (University of Aveiro), Pierre-Marie Sarradin (Ifremer), Henry Ruhl (NOC, Southampton), Bruno Sommer Ferreira (Biotrend), Fernando Barriga (University of Lisbon), Alf Håkon Hoel (IMR), Ralph Spickerman (UK Seabed Resources), Sybille van den Hove (MEDIAN SCP), Gui Menezes (University of the Azores), Niall McDonough (EMB), (bottom row left to right): Helena Vieira (University of Lisbon), Colin Devey (GEOMAR), Alex Rogers (University of Oxford), Kate Larkin (EMB), Monica Verbeek (Seas at Risk), Mário Ruivo (FCT).
The European Marine Board launched its 21st position paper, ‘Land Beneath the Waves, Submerged landscapes and sea level change’, during its 15 year anniversary celebration in Rome as a side event of the EurOCEAN 2014 conference on 7 October. The paper, written jointly by experts from geoscience and humanities disciplines, highlights the importance of exploring sea-submerged human settlements and provides recommendations for the new scientific field termed ‘European Continental Shelf Prehistoric Research’. Dr. Nicholas Flemming of the UK National Oceanography Centre chaired the Working Group, comprising experts from 11 European nations. During a presentation of the paper at the launch event Dr. Flemming highlighted that more than 2,500 submerged prehistoric artefact assemblages, ranging in age from 5,000 to 300,000 years, have been found in the coastal waters and open sea basins around Europe, yet few have been properly mapped by divers, or assessed for preservation or excavation. The new position paper provides a comprehensive overview of recent progress in the study of our submerged cultural heritage and sets out key research questions and policy priorities needed to support this research in the future. Download the press release here. Picture features (from back left): Gilles Lericolais, Alar Rosentau, Alan Stevenson, Francesco Chiocci, Ricardo Serrão Santos, Sigi Gruber, Tine Missiaen, Nan-Chin Chu, Jan Mees, (from front left): Niall McDonough, Dimitris Sakellariou, Nicholas Flemming.
Today, the Rome Declaration was presented at the EurOCEAN 2014 conference, an official event of the Italian EU Presidency. Setting a vision for seas and ocean science to achieve an ecosystem approach to the management of Europe’s marine resources as a fundamental requirement for sustainable Blue Growth, the Rome Declaration sets out four high level goals and associated actions for delivering this vision. The four goals comprise: Valuing the Ocean; Capitalizing on European leadership; Advancing ocean knowledge and; Breaking barriers. ‘It’s a vision that is about connecting science, policy and people’, stated Professor Ed Hill, Chair of the Rome Declaration Drafting Group, during the presentation of the Declaration. Some 340 European scientists, policymakers and other experts representing 143 organizations from 31 countries attended EurOCEAN 2014. Picture features (from left): Ed Hill, Chair of the Rome Declaration Drafting Group, Mauro Bertelletti, Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policy, Rudolf Strohmeier, Deputy Director General of the European Commission DG Research and Innovation, Ricardo Santos, Member of the European Parliament, and Jan Mees, Chair of the European Marine Board.