Overview of Sessions and Anticipated Outcomes

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:

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

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:

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

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

program-diagram

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 Intro to GEO
09:00 – 09:20 Intro to Blue Planet
09:20 – 09:30 Introductory Keynote

Session 1: The Changing Oceans

09:30 – 09:40 Session 1 Opening Comments and Speaker Introductions
09:40 – 10:10 Key note speaker
10:10 – 10:40 Key note speaker
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 – 11:40 Key note speaker
11:40 – 12:10 Key note speaker
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 – 14:50 Key note speaker
14:50 – 15:20 Key note speaker

Session 4: Sustainable Use of Ocean Resources

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

 

Day 2 – Thursday, June 1, 2017

Time Activity

Session 5: Services and Information for Coastal Communities

09:00 – 09:10 Session 5 Opening Comments and Speaker Introductions
09:10 – 09:30 Producer or user of data or products that support coastal communities
09:30 – 9:50 Producer or user of data or products that support coastal communities
09:50 – 10:10 Producer or user of data or products that support coastal communities
10:10 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:00 Breakouts
12:00 – 12:30 Breakout sessions reports
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

Session 6: Services and Information for Healthy Ecosystems and Food Security

13:30 – 13:40 Session 6 Opening Comments and Speaker Introductions
13:40 – 14:00 Producer or user of data or products that support environmental monitoring or fisheries management
14:00 – 14:20 Producer or user of data or products that support environmental monitoring or fisheries management
14:20 – 14:40 Producer or user of data or products that support environmental monitoring or fisheries management
14:40 – 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:30 Break Outs
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 – 09:00 Producer or user of data or products that support the Blue Economy
09:00 – 09:20 Producer or user of data or products that support the Blue Economy
09:20 – 09:40 Producer or user 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 – 13:30 Producer or user of data or products that support maritime awareness
13:30 – 13:50 Producer or user of data or products that support maritime awareness
13:50 – 14:10 Producer or user of data or products that support maritime awareness
14:10 – 14:30 Coffee Break
14:30 – 16:00 Break Outs
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