Bringing the Ocean to Society
31 Jul 2018
New EMB future science brief is out
The publication focuses ways to strengthen Europe's capability in biological ocean observations.

A new European Marine Board (EMB) Future Science Brief No. 3 entitled “Strengthening Europe's Capability in Biological Ocean Observations” has just been published today. It calls for an increase in the relevance of current (and future) European biological ocean observation capacity to strengthen global efforts towards our understanding of the ocean and enhance marine biodiversity conservation, for maintaining a healthy ocean for healthy societies.

The publication can be downloaded from EMB's website, and a factsheet for policy makers can be found here. The publication is an official output of the European Marine Board, a strategic pan-European Forum with members including key marine research performing institutes, funding agencies and university consortia.

The publication states that Europe lacks a multi-purpose integrated biological ocean observing system. The Future Science Brief recommends building an integrated biological ocean observation system, while supporting current capacity. Europe needs a strategic vision to increase the relevant biological ocean observation capacity.

Europe also needs to bring together key stakeholders, to provide the long-term support for an integrated ocean observing system that contributes to the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) and harmonized with the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). In addition, support is needed for current biological ocean observation capacity, especially in taxonomic expertise and in the use of new emerging technologies, data science and management.