There is a strong need to improve marine ocean observation and prediction systems to progress management, decision-making, and governance in the Tropical American region
10 May, 2021
Ocean Best Practises Newsletter
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A virtual session of the UN Decade Ocean Tropical Americas Workshops series was hosted by IOC of UNESCO - IOCARIBE last 29th July 2021 and co-chaired by Edgard Cabrera (Member Regional Planning Group Western Tropical Atlantic - UN Decade Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development).
This session will result in a short regional discussion paper that will include recommendation on the availability of open access to data, information, and new affordable open-source technologies, to integrate earth system/social sciences, and cross sectoral participation to share resources, mobilize constituencies for national policy and community decision-making processes, and, reduce the asymmetry between the countries in the region, including the island states.
The meeting is part of a workshop series convened in accordance with the Western Tropical Atlantic Action Plan for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030, for the seven societal outcomes, to be held during the period of July-October 2021, in accordance with the Regional Western Tropical Atlantic Planning Group Action Plan. Please check below and the event calendar for the next webinars of this month.
The main challenge for a transparent and accessible ocean whereby all nations, stakeholders and citizens have the capacities to inform their decisions and access to ocean data, information, and technologies, is to sustain the ocean observations through the Global Ocean Observing System, within the Earth System Approach, and build capacity for an information access system for data sharing and interoperability.
There is a strong regional need to improve marine ocean observation and prediction systems (meteorological, oceanography and quality/chemistry) to progress management, decision-making, and governance in the Wider Caribbean region. A review of the IOCARIBE regional inventory - Country data base - on the assessment of the capabilities is important to identify the gaps and problems of the region related to the themes of the Ocean Decade, and propose possible solutions aimed to achieve the ocean we want.
From the private sector, there is a permanent need on Met Ocean Data (i.e., offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico – Pollution response Earth System). All efforts must be united and coordinated to understand the Ocean-Atmosphere system.