Bringing the Ocean to Society
17 Apr 2020
Arctic Ocean Decade Workshop Report
Learn more about what took place in Tromsø and how EurOcean and our Members can contribute to the UN Ocean Decade.

Following the First Global Planning Meeting, the report on the Arctic Ocean Decade Workshop - convened on 29 January 2020, in Tromsø, Norway - summarises inputs given by the event's participants. The inputs are meant to feed into the planning of the UN Ocean Decade for Sustainable Development. This was a one-day workshop covering four of the Decade's six societal outcomes: a clean ocean, a healthy and resilient ocean, a predicted ocean and a sustainably harvested and productive ocean. The event was structured to allow discussions about four main topics:

  • A clean, healthy and resilient Arctic Ocean
  • A predicted Arctic Ocean
  • A sustainable harvested and productive Arctic ocean
  • Crosscutting topics (communication, youth, education, and funding)

EurOcean participated in the event, providing inputs on each topic together with 100 participants from 15 countries. The workshop provided a dialogue and discussions between representatives from policy, business and science. This report reflects the viewpoints of the participants, sometimes without concluding remarks.

Download the report here.

EurOcean is a European broker of marine science and technology information, cooperation and collaboration. EurOcean, the European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology, is an independent, non-profit, scientific organisation, founded in 2002. EurOcean aims to support European Marine Science and Technology advances, by fostering information exchange, cooperation and collaboration among its members, the ocean community and society. Our nearly two decades of experience, allowed us to participate in countless projects and initiatives dealing with marine science communication and marine stakeholders’ engagement. EurOcean is therefore ready to continue to support some of the structural pillars of the UN Ocean Decade.

In what deals with the Arctic, EurOcean's major ongoing involvement comes through the H2020 project INTAROS, which aims at developing an integrated Arctic Observation System (iAOS) by extending, improving and unifying existing systems in the different regions of the Arctic. INTAROS has a strong multidisciplinary focus, with tools for integration of data from atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and terrestrial sciences, provided by institutions in Europe, North America and Asia. While a number of EurOcean Members are involved in the key scientific and technical activities of the project, EurOcean co-leads its dissemination and communication. EurOcean has developed the INTAROS visual identity, public website and social media channels as well as a selection of branded materials. EurOcean also provides support for capacity building and engagement across a broad range of levels from international organisations to European agencies, national and local governments, communities and early career stage researchers.

The EurOcean network currently includes 14 Full Members and 6 Cooperating Members from 11 countries. Full Members are public or non-profit European marine research, innovation and entrepreneurship, funding and outreach organisations. Cooperating Members are organisations, with a regional or global reach, involved in activities complementary to those of EurOcean.

The potential support of the EurOcean network to the UN Ocean Decade is also immense. Over 150 Infrastructures, 400 Projects and 3000 Researchers exist within the EurOcean’s Full Members. These certainly consist of a valuable source of the data, information, knowledge, and technology required to achieve the ambitious goals of the Decade. In detail, the main areas of expertise of the EurOcean’s Full Members are:

  • Blue Biotechnology
  • Noise and Plastics Pollution
  • Sensors and Sensing
  • Big Data
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Circular Economy
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Youth Engagement
  • Tsunami Prediction
  • Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Vessel Energy Efficiency Research
  • Vessels and Observatories
  • Biodiversity and Environmental Stressors
  • History and Cultural Heritage in Coastal and Maritime Regions
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Cumulative Effects and Impact Assessment
  • Light Pollution
  • Value-adding to the Seafood Value Chain
  • Aquaculture
  • Citizen Science
  • Sustainable Fisheries
  • Climate Change and Polar Regions
  • Marine Renewable Energy
  • Geo-archaeology
  • Alternative Resources
  • Ocean Monitoring
  • Multi-uses of the Sea
  • Acoustic Telemetry and Animal Tracking
  • Underwater Munition Human and Ocean Health

You can also learn more about our Full Members in the "In The Spotlight" special section of our website.