The critical role of ocean science in responding to climate change- A call from the ocean research communityPDF 195.3 KB (195.3 KB)
A video summary of EMB’s 5th Forum, The Ocean-Climate Nexus has been released. In the lead-up to the COP21 talks, EMB’s 5th Forum focused on the critical role of ocean science as part of the societal response to climate change. This message is further elaborated in the Ocean Nexus Consensus Statement.
The Canadian Consortium of Ocean Research Universities (CCORU) was formed in 2011, aiming to coordinate ocean science research in universities, unite a body of expertise to provide advice and create a national voice for Canada’s oceans. Further to the Ocean-Climate Nexus Consensus Statement (link) released last month, Canadian researchers have also voiced their concerns on the critical part of ocean science in climate change and the need for decision-makers to take coordinated action at COP21 (download the Ocean Science and Climate Change briefing note). The EMB Secretariat and the US Consortium for Ocean Leadership have interacted during the preparation of this document to ensure our community messages are aligned.
Today, the European Marine Board is holding a briefing event in Brussels on critical challenges for 21st century deep-sea research. The event will showcase the outputs of EMB Working Group Deep Seas, namely the “Delving Deeper” position paper 22 and the accompanying policy brief. The event is taking place as part of the 3rd Ocean of Tomorrow conference in Brussels, hosted by the European Commission. Over 130 stakeholders have registered for the event, ranging from policy makers to academia, industry and NGOs. The EMB briefing event includes interventions by Sigi Gruber, Head of Marine Resources Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission and Ricardo Serrão Santos, Member of the European Parliament. Alex Rogers, EMB WG Deep Seas Chair from the University of Oxford, UK, will also be giving a presentation on the key recommendations of the Working Group, including calls for major progress in fundamental deep-sea research to underpin future management and exploitation of living and non-living deep-sea resources. The full conference agenda can be viewed here.
Following on from the launch of the Ocean Climate Nexus Statement at EMB’s 5th Forum in the European Parliament on 21 October, the Statement and messages contained therein are currently being promoted at a number of events on either side of the Atlantic. EMB Chair, Jan Mees, delivered a lecture on "The Ocean-Climate Nexus: key messages of the 5th European Marine Board Forum" at a joint session of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) and SaferSeas in Brest as part of a climate change symposium titled“The Future of Science in the 21st Century : Climate change : impacts on the ocean, food production, health and the economy" on 27 October. On 28 October, EMB Executive Secretary Niall McDonough was a keynote speaker at a members meeting of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington DC where he reported on The Ocean Climate Nexus event, the Consensus Statement, and next steps on the road to COP21. Also in Washington DC, in order to carry the Statement’s message on Ocean and Climate to the broader foreign policy and policymaking community, Niall is presenting the Statement and research priorities to the Council on Foreign Relations, the leading U.S. foreign policy organization, during a roundtable on “Oceans & Climate Change: Paris and Beyond”. Also on 29 October, Nan-Chin Chu of the EMB Secretariat is presenting the Ocean Climate Nexus Consensus Statement at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, as part of the Seas, Rivers, Islands & Coastal Areas European Parliament Intergroup conference on the maritime perspective of climate change prior to the COP 21 meeting. This European Parliament event provides an opportunity to discuss the role of our seas and ocean in climate negotiations with MEPs.
Picture features EMB Chair, Jan Mees, presenting on the Ocean Climate Nexus at the EURASC and SaferSeas climate change symposium in Brest.
EMB’s 5th Forum, the Ocean-Climate Nexus took place yesterday in the European Parliament in Brussels. Hosted by MEP and former EMB vice-Chair, Ricardo Serrão Santos, and in the context of the upcoming COP21 talks, the Forum focused on the critical role of ocean science as part of the societal response to climate change. The Forum programme featured presentations from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and President of the US based Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Sherri Goodman, delivered via video message. Scientific presentations covered ocean circulation and climate change (Mojib Latif, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR), Germany) and ocean acidification and its impacts on marine ecosystems (Ceri Lewis, University of Exeter, UK). A key output of the Forum was the Ocean Nexus Consensus Statement. Presented at the Forum by lead author Michael Schulz (Centre for Marine Environment Sciences (MARUM), Germany), the Consensus Statement was drafted by a working group nominated from EMB member organizations and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, and reflects a consensus view from marine research communities in Europe and North America on the key priorities for ocean research in the context of global change. Following the presentation of the Consensus Statement a panel discussion took place featuring the speakers who were joined by Vladimir Ryabinin (Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanography Commission of UNESCO) and Andrea Tilche (Head of the Climate Action and Earth Observation Unit, European Commission). A full recording of the Ocean-Climate Nexus event is available for viewing here and a summary of the live tweeting is available here. Photos of the event can be viewed in the photo gallery.
Picture features from left to right: Andrea Tilche (European Commission), Mojib Latif (GEOMAR, Germany), MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos (European Commission), Ceri Lewis (University of Exeter, UK), Jan Mees (VLIZ, Belgium), Michael Schulz (MARUM, Germany), Vladimir Ryabinin (IOC UNESCO).
Today, the European Scientific Diving Panel (ESDP) chaired by Dr. Martin Sayer from the Scottish Association for Marine Science in the UK, is meeting in Brussels for its 15th Plenary Meeting. As a panel of the European Marine Board, the ESDP acts as an operational platform to advance underwater scientific excellence and to promote and implement a practical support framework for scientific diving related activities. ESDP members from the UK, Belgium, France, Greece, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Italy and Portugal will share national updates in the field of scientific diving and will also discuss upcoming events such as the 2nd European Conference on Scientific Diving that will take place 9-11 May 2016 at the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The theme of the conference is coastal research using scientific diving.
Picture features: Top row from left to right – Thanos Dailianis (Greece), Jean-Pierre Féral (France), Alain Norro (Belgium), Martin Sayer (Chair – UK), Michael Schmidt (Germany). Seated row, left to right – Noémie Wouters (EMB), Jouni Leinikki (Finland), Maria Asplund (Sweden) Skype Image: Massimo Ponti (Italy)