A new European Marine Board (EMB http://www.marineboard.eu) Future Science Brief No. 3 entitled Strengthening Europe’s Capability in Biological Ocean Observations has just been published. It calls for an increase in the relevance of current (and future) European biological ocean observation capacity to strengthen global efforts towards our understanding of the ocean and enhance marine biodiversity conservation, for maintaining a healthy ocean for healthy societies.
The publication can be downloaded from the EMB website and a fact sheet for policymakers can be found here. The publication is an official output of the European Marine Board, a strategic pan-European Forum with members including key marine research performing institutes, funding agencies, and university consortia.
About the Future Science Brief
Europe lacks a multi-purpose integrated biological ocean observing system. The Future Science Brief recommends building an integrated biological ocean observation system while supporting current capacity. Europe needs a strategic vision to increase the relevant biological ocean observation capacity. We also need to bring together key stakeholders, to provide the long-term support for an integrated ocean observing system that contributes to the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) and harmonized with the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). In addition, support is needed for current biological ocean observation capacity, especially in taxonomic expertise and in the use of new emerging technologies, data science and management. More information can be found at the EMB Future Science Brief 3 “Strengthening Europe’s Capability in Biological Ocean Observations”, free to download at EMB website.