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The European Marine Board Biennial Open Forum bridges the gap between the scientific community and policymakers and prepares a joint vision and recommendations to advance the issue at hand.


The European Marine Board Forum is one of our four principle approaches to bridging the gap between science and policy. The Forums act as a platform to bring together a wide range of marine science stakeholders (scientists, European and national policymakers, pan-European and regional networks etc.) to discuss and share knowledge, identify common priorities, develop common positions and collaborate.



7th EMB Forum

The 7th EMB Forum was on the topic of 'Big Data in Marine Science: Supporting the European Green Deal, The EU Biodiversity Strategy, and the Digital Twin Ocean'. Big data is rapidly transforming our society and is leading to a paradigm shift in the way we face major challenges including climate change and the sustainable management of our marine resources. With the expansion of the scale and scope of ocean observing systems and other data sources, an increasing flood of highly complex ocean data is being generated, often in near real-time. Data need to be integrated and readily available to support decision-making, which can be assisted by artificial intelligence as a tool for more complex analyses and a deeper understanding of the functioning, human impacts, and future state of the ocean. These topics are explored in more detail in the EMB Future Science Brief No. 6 ‘Big Data in Marine Science', which was launched during a webinar on 29 April 2020.

You can access the 7th Forum proceedings here. The 7th EMB Forum was hosted as a zoom webinar and can be re-watched on the EMB YouTube Channel. More information about this event can be found here.

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