Just one week after the save-the-date announcement, over 200 participants have registered for the second Ocean Decade Laboratory to be held online from 15-17 September 2021. And hundreds more are expected to join this 48-hour knowledge-sharing marathon with participants from all over the world.
The state of the ocean across the globe is fragile. Scientific findings are clear. Scientists observe the ocean, a process spanning everything from temperatures off the coast of Iceland to tropical storms in the Pacific Ocean or the state of coral reefs in Australia. The knowledge gained from these observations is used to predict weather and climate, natural disasters, food security, human safety, and myriad other things. The process from the initial observation to the final results is like a value chain of information: An individual measurement is added to a database and from there applied to a scientific model to predict the weather, for example. This is the precondition to then informing people about whether, for example, rain is coming.
In the Ocean Decade Laboratory “A Predicted Ocean,” stakeholders from throughout this value chain will come together and discuss how to better understand the ocean and how to share this knowledge with each other and with the public.
The laboratory is diverse and open to anyone. It starts with the Core Event – a 4-hour high-level introductory session from leading experts – on topics such as “Benefits, Societal Need, and Ambitions” or “From Observation to Prediction”.
The Core Event is followed by more than 30 “Satellite Activities” across the globe, hosted by scientists and governments but also by schools or local initiatives. It is a unique opportunity for networking and for participants to familiarize themselves with ocean science from all over the world. For example: The “Barcelona Super Computing Centre BSC” is hosting an event titled “Understanding and Beat Marine Pollution,” while students from the “Cape Verde Ocean Decade Committee” are presenting the outcomes of a “hackathon” to promote the interaction of ocean-related professionals, entrepreneurs from the private sector, and political decision-makers. The Wrap up session on the evening of 17 September (CEST) closes the laboratory, highlighting the various satellite activities throughout the 48-hour event.
All Satellite Activities will be posted in the “Ocean Decade Laboratory” section of this website, where participants can also register for the event.
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