Program

Day 1

Sessions on Day 1 will aim to identify and review the drivers and pressures on the oceans, the current and predicted states and impacts to the Earth’s life support system. These sessions will be organized around the four subthemes of the symposium:

  • The changing oceans
  • Threats from pollution, warming and acidification
  • Processes and life at the Interfaces with the oceans
  • Sustainable use of ocean resources

Days 2 and 3

The 2nd and 3rd days of the symposium will aim to identify and review user information needs related to the impacts on the oceans discussed on day 1, present examples of existing information services and identify the potential prototype and pilot projects to be implemented through the GEO Blue Planet Initiative. These sessions will be organized around the four thematic focus areas of Blue Planet activities:

  • Healthy Ecosystems and Food Security
  • Coastal Communities
  • The Blue Economy
  • Maritime Awareness

See the figure below for a summary of sessions and their anticipated outcomes.

Program Committee:

  • Kwame Adu Agyekum, University of Ghana, Ghana
  • Nico Caltabiano, Climate and Ocean - Variability, Predictability, and Change, United Kingdom
  • Gabrielle Canonico, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA
  • Louis Celliers, Council for Scientific & Industrial Research, South Africa
  • Paul DiGiacomo, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA
  • Samy Djavidnia, European Maritime Safety Agency, Portugal
  • Sinead Farrell, University of Maryland, USA
  • Katja Fennel, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Takeshi Kawano, Japan Agency for Marine-earth Science and Technology, Japan
  • Pierre-Yves La Traon, Mercator Océan, France
  • Eric Lindstrom, National Aeronautic and Space Administration, USA
  • Hans-Peter Plag, Old Dominion University USA
  • Jay Pearlman, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA
  • Tim Moltmann, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • J. Ru Morrison, Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems, USA
  • Jan Newton, University of Washington, USA
  • Ralph Rayner, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and London School of Economics, United Kingdom

Organizing Committee: 

  • Jim Carton, University of Maryland, USA
  • Paul DiGiacomo, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA
  • Emily Smail, University of Maryland, USA