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.

 

Schedule

Day 1 – Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Time Activity
07:40 – 08:30 Registration
08:30 – 08:35 Welcome and Opening Comments
08:35 – 08:40 Welcome from UMD
08:40 – 09:00 Introductory Keynote
09:00 – 09:10 Intro to GEO
09:10 – 09:30 Intro to GEO Blue Planet 

Session 1: The Changing Oceans

09:30 – 09:40 Session 1 Opening Comments and Speaker Introductions
09:40 – 10:40 Keynote speakers
10:40 – 11:00 Coffee Break

Session 2: Threats from Pollution, Warming and Acidification

11:00 – 11:10 Session 2 Opening Comments and Speaker Introductions
11:10 – 12:10 Keynote speakers
12:10 - 13:10 Panel Discussion
13:10 – 14:10 Lunch

Session 3: Processes and Life at the Interfaces with the Oceans

14:10 – 14:20 Session 3 Opening Comments and Speaker Introductions
14:20 – 15:20 Keynote speakers

Session 4: Sustainable Use of Ocean Resources

15:20 – 15:30 Session 4 Opening Comments and Speaker Introductions
15:30 – 16:30 Keynote speakers
16:30 – 17:30 Panel Discussion
18:00 – 19:30 Poster Session

 

Day 2 – Thursday, June 1, 2017

Time Activity
08:45 – 09:00 Introductory Keynote

Session 5: Services and Information for Healthy Ecosystems and Food Security 

09:00 – 09:10 Session 5 Opening Comments and Speaker Introductions
09:10 – 10:10 Presentations from producers and users of data or products that support environmental monitoring or fisheries management
10:10 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:00 Breakouts
12:00 - 12:30 Breakout sessions reports
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

Session 6: Services and Information for Coastal Communities

13:30 – 13:40 Session 6 Opening Comments and Speaker Introductions
13:40 – 14:40 Presentations from producers and users of data or products that support coastal communities
14:40 – 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:30 Breakouts
16:30 – 17:00 Breakout session reports
17:00 – 17:45 Review of status, priorities, potential projects and partnership opportunities

 

Day 3 – Friday, June 2, 2017

Time Activity

Session 7: Services and Information for the Blue Economy

08:30 – 08:40 Session 5 Opening Comments and Speaker Introductions
08:40 – 09:40 Presentations from producers and users of data or products that support the Blue Economy
09:40 – 10:00 Coffee Break
10:00 – 11:30 Breakouts
11:30 – 12:00 Breakout sessions reports
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

Session 8: Services and Information for Maritime Awareness

13:00 – 13:10 Session 6 Opening Comments and Speaker Introductions
13:10 – 14:10 Presentations from producers and users of data or products that support maritime awareness
14:10 – 14:30 Coffee Break
14:30 – 16:00 Breakouts
16:00 – 16:30 Breakout session reports
16:30 – 17:15 Review of status, priorities, potential projects and partnership opportunities
17:15 – 17:30 Wrap up and next steps