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Towards an All-Atlantic Data Space for the Ocean

June 3 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Enhancing the use of standards, best practices, and partnerships for information and data sharing across the Atlantic

3rd June, from 13:00 – 15:00 UTC / 15:00 – 17:00 CEST

A workshop jointly organised by the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AANChOR), the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative, H2020 Blue-Cloud, H2020 iAtlantic and H2020 AtlantECO, as a side-event at the All-Atlantic2021 R&I for a Sustainable Ocean Stakeholder Conference

The oceans, seas, and coasts are home to diverse marine ecosystems. They provide a wealth of resources, influence climate, and offer many economic opportunities. Marine ecosystems are sensitive to long-term global change and combinations of multiple local pressures can affect ecosystems in unpredictable ways. More understanding of natural dynamics and effects is needed to enable sustainable use and conservation of these ecosystems. Given the range of threats, and the relative lack of knowledge about marine ecosystems, the United Nations (UN) has declared the next decade (2021-2030) the “United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development”.

States all across the world deploy monitoring programmes at national and regional level to support national marine governance goals, several regional policies, and the growing demands for sustainable use of resources. Research institutes operate research vessels and many other platforms and instruments for gathering in-situ observation data on a global scale. Their data is mostly used for scientific research, but also complements the data acquired by States through monitoring activities, gathering long time series. In addition, marine data are also collected by private organisations in support of economic activities. Increasingly marine and ocean data and information is also derived from Earth Observation (EO). Space technologies, infrastructure, services and data nowadays provide also important input for addressing societal challenges and big global concerns.

The past, present and future of an All-Atlantic Data Space for the Ocean

The purpose of this workshop is to provide an arena to debate about EU and international initiatives working to harmonize and facilitate data sharing across the Atlantic, and provide demonstrations of available tools, training, and the latest open science ‘blue cloud’ technologies to make data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable.

The workshop engages Atlantic partners in a dialogue to identify the technical needs and challenges of data sharing across the Atlantic ‘pole to pole’, and work to establish the necessary collaborations between nations and organizations required to jointly address regional and global ocean issues in the coming decade.

The goals and objectives of AANCHOR, the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative and of the H2020 iAtlanticAtlantECO and Blue-Cloud initiatives all rest on this essential foundation of data sharing, and the alignment of data collection and management practices with international standards and best practices is the necessary first step towards the transformational changes required to meet Sustainable Development Goals, the goals of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, and the development of a sustainable Blue Economy.

Who should attend?

Policy makers, funding agencies, e-Infrastructures and Research Infrastructures, data providers, research & academic institution representatives, research communities, industry representatives, maritime business and innovation clusters, and projects related to blue economy from countries around the Atlantic.

The event is free and open to all interested stakeholders, registration is required

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This post has first appeared on the BlueCloud website


June 3
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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