An Ocean Science Day was organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) on 17 June 2015 to share recent developments in ocean science with representatives of its 147 Member States, networks and partners. The overall objective was to improve decision makers’ understanding and awareness of current challenges and emerging issues, through lectures and panel discussions with eminent experts. Presentations and debates focused on the linkages between ocean health and human wellbeing, the potential of the latest advancements in monitoring technology, current scientific challenges in the Arctic and the legacy of the International India Ocean Expedition.
CliC’s Director, Jenny Baeseman, joined Volker Rachold from IASC and Erik Bunch of EuroGOOS to discuss “Scientific Challenges in the Arctic” chaired by Vladimir Ryabinin of IOC. The rapid transformations occurring in the Arctic are affecting the entire Earth system, including its climate and weather extremes, through increased temperatures and the continuing loss of ice, glaciers, snow and permafrost. These rapid changes are challenging our ability to provide decision-makers with the necessary knowledge on the consequences. Sustained observations and improved understanding of local, regional and global processes are required in order to anticipate changes in the Arctic. Download Jenny’s presentation here. Read more about the Ocean Science Day at: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/ioc-oceans/single-view-oceans/news/current_challenges_and_emerging_issues_of_ocean_science/#.VYpcPufk5NE