Ocean Horizon blog
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Through its capacity to mop-up billions, and store out of harm’s way, trillions of tonnes of carbon, the ocean can be our best friend in efforts to stabilise and eventually reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, but it can no longer be taken for granted that the ocean will just carry on doing its thing for us.
In the same way no one would responsibly treat a patient in the hospital emergency room without first hooking them up to monitors for their vital life signs - to inform treatment, check it’s working and to watch out for unexpected complications setting in - so comprehensive, continuous, globally distributed monitoring of the ocean’s surface and its depths need to be viewed, governed, funded, operated as a critical global data infrastructure.
We are joining partners of the Ocean Pavilion at COP28 and associated stakeholders to call on world leaders to support and foster efforts to greatly expand and improve ocean observations worldwide to provide a basis for understanding ongoing natural and anthropogenic change and for planning mitigation and adaptation strategies, with a particular emphasis on building capacity in developing nations and on expanding coverage of under-observed regions.
Roundtable Discussion: The Importance of the Ocean Being Part of the Conversation at COP28
The Ocean Pavilion will underscore the integral role of our ocean in climate and serve as the central hub for conference delegates to exchange ideas on addressing the climate crisis by leveraging ocean science and solutions.
The Ocean Pavilion brings together world leaders in ocean science, engineering, and policy to carry the message that the ocean matters to everyone, everywhere and that science must lead the way in our quest for safe, long-term solutions to climate change.
The National Oceanography Centre is one of the world’s leading centres of expertise on the ocean’s interaction with climate change.
Our scientists lead ground-breaking research into climate change, sea level rise, carbon uptake and storage, and monitoring how the ocean is changing. Our engineers are developing innovative ocean sensing technologies, including miniaturised highly accurate micro-sensors and autonomous underwater vehicles, to help us measure and track change in the ocean as part of the Global Ocean Observing System.
We operate large research infrastructures including global class research ships. We have been leading a project to scope future net zero oceanographic capabilities.
Our scientists and technologists gather and manage openly-accessible data used by people the world over, to understand and map the ocean. We model what might happen to the oceans with ongoing climate change, and we play a key role in supporting mitigation of climate change through nature based and engineering solutions.
Friday 1 December 2023 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM · 1 hr. (Etc/GMT+4)
Marine sediment serves as a crucial, long-term carbon reservoir, securely isolating it from the atmosphere. This event will underscore threats from global changes and human activities to this carbon store.
NOC Participant: Claire Evans, Research Fellow, NOC.
Friday 1st December 2023 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM · 1 hr. (Etc/GMT+4)
A North Atlantic Carbon Observatory (NACO) would connect and enhance ocean observation and modelling efforts to allow for more measurements of the ocean’s ability to absorb and store carbon, creating stakeholder-relevant information.
NOC Participant: Ed Hill, CEO, NOC.
Sunday 3 December 2023 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM · 2 hr. 30 min. (Etc/GMT+4)
This multi-partner, interactive 2.5 hour session focuses on the critical role of ocean science and knowledge in meeting the climate challenge.
Monday 4 December 2023 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM · 1 hr. (Etc/GMT+4)
The Ocean Decade data and information strategy will enable a global digital ecosystem for easier ocean data discovery, access, use, and sharing.
NOC Participants: Katy Hill, Lead Scientist, NOC.
Sunday 10 December 2023 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM · 1 hr. (Etc/GMT+4)
Plankton are the base of the ocean food web and mediate our climate. Plankton communities are susceptible to climate change, with implications for ocean carbon storage and fisheries.
NOC Participant: B.B. Cael, Principal Scientist, NOC.
Sunday 10 December 2023 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM · 1 hr. (Etc/GMT+4)
Digital twins of the Ocean allow us to track how and why the things we care about in the marine context are changing and to simulate what their futures could be depending on human impacts. They combine observations, models, and other insights to help us explore “what if?” scenarios.
NOC Participant: John Siddorn, Director of Data, Science and Technology & Chief Scientist, NOC.