Outreach
Bringing the Ocean to Society
28 Jan 2019
GEO Blue Planet call for expressions of interest to host a Secretariat node
Deadline: 28 February 2019

GEO Blue Planet invites government agencies, research institutions and NGOs to submit an expression of interest to host a Secretariat node or provide resources (secondments or funding for staff/fellows) to the GEO Blue Planet Secretariat’s principal office.  

About Blue Planet

We live on a Blue Planet, and Earth’s waters benefit many sectors of society. The future of our Blue Planet is increasingly reliant on the services delivered by marine and coastal waters. Maintenance of these services relies on the advancement of effective, evidence-based decisions for sustainable development.

GEO Blue Planet’s mission is to advance and exploit synergies among the many observational programmes devoted to ocean and coastal waters; to improve engagement with a variety of users for enhancing the timeliness, quality and range of services delivered; and to raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations at the public and policy levels.

We do this by promoting collection of continuous ocean and coastal observations, processing of data into information and linking this information with societal needs. The societal needs feed back into ocean and coastal observation requirements and enhancement or modification of the ocean observation strategy. This requires close working relationships between scientists who collect ocean and coastal observations, those who take these observations and extract information as well as forecast future conditions, and those who use the information and forecasts in the management of our living planet.

GEO Blue Planet is a network of ocean and coastal-observers, social scientists and end-user representatives from a variety of stakeholder groups, including international and regional organizations, NGOs, national institutes, universities and government agencies. Our experts have a demonstrated capacity to bridge the gap between data and services to deliver usable information that supports informed decision-making toward reaching sustainable development.

About the Secretariat

The GEO Blue Planet Secretariat provides scientific and logistical support for GEO Blue Planet activities. The Secretariat will also provide coordination support for activities and develop partnerships. The GEO Blue Planet Secretariat reports to the Steering Committee Co-chairs.

The principal office is currently hosted by the Cooperative Institute of Climate and Satellites-Maryland (CICS-MD) in partnership with NOAA in College Park, MD, USA. The overall Director of the secretariat is based at the principle office. A European Secretariat node is under development to be hosted at Mercator Ocean in Toulouse, France.

In order to effectively support coordination of relevant activities in other regions and to support global coordination and development of thematic activities (e.g., marine biodiversity monitoring), GEO Blue Planet invites government agencies, research institutions and NGOs to submit an expression of interest to host a regional or thematic node of the secretariat. Offers of resource support for the principle secretariat office (secondments or funding support) are also welcome. 

Secretariat nodes can be regional, thematic or a combination of regional and thematic. Thematic nodes should align with one of GEO Blue Planet’s ten thematic areas:

  • Climate
  • Disaster warning and mitigations
  • Marine biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Maritime safety
  • Ocean resources
  • Oceans and human health
  • Sustainable coasts
  • Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
  • Transportation
  • Water quality

Duties of the Principal Secretariat Office and Secretariat Nodes

The duties of the principal secretariat office are:

  • To provide overall support and coordination to the GEO Blue Planet network
  • To support and mange GEO Blue Planet activities as required
  • To provide direction and leadership for the regional and thematic secretariat nodes
  • To support the Steering Committee in the coordination of GEO Blue Planet deliverables
  • To provide logistical support to the Advisory Board
  • To promote GEO Blue Planet in the international arena
  • To interface with and report to the GEO Secretariat on behalf of GEO Blue Planet
  • To support the organisation of GEO Blue Planet Symposiums
  • To manage the GEO Blue Planet website, social media and other communications.

The duties of the regional secretariat nodes are:

  • To connect GEO Blue Planet with relevant ongoing regional activities
  • To provide technical /or administrative support to the principal secretariat office
  • To coordinate regional GEO Blue Planet activities
  • To coordinate with and support regional GEO entities and associated activities related to oceans and coasts (e.g., AOGEOSS Oceans, Coasts and Islands task)

The duties of the thematic secretariat nodes are:

  • To connect GEO Blue Planet with relevant ongoing activities related to the nodes' thematic area
  • To provide technical/or administrative support to the principal secretariat office
  • To develop and support GEO Blue Planet activities related to the nodes' thematic area
  • To coordinate with and support thematic GEO activates related to the nodes' thematic area (e.g., GEO BON/MBON)

Expressions of interest for nodes that cover the duties of a regional and thematic node are particularly welcome.

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