An Accessible Ocean

10 – 12 May 2022

An accessible ocean with good governance, open access to data, information and technologies.

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Everyone is an ocean stakeholder. Open access to marine data and knowledge will maximize the quality of the information mined, packaged and communicated to support management, innovation and decision-making, enabling everyone to understand what we need to do in order to create the ocean we want. At the same time ocean governance frameworks should be designed in ways that they can effectively be informed by science-society-policy interfaces and enable participation of different relevant stakeholders.

Opening up access to marine data, knowledge and technology will reduce inequality in ocean science capacity and support sound and transparent assessments of ocean change. It will provide a common basis for transparent decision-making in global ocean governance and identification of new solutions for the future ocean we want. Skills and opportunities must be developed for knowledge creation and transfer, particularly in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs). This will immeasurably enrich ocean science for sustainable ocean governance around the world. Besides open access infrastructures, data and analyses, decision-support systems for ocean stakeholders (the scientific community, governments, educators, the private sector and the general public) will allow for scientifically informed and up to date decision-making guided by the sustainable development goals.

DOCUMENTATION

An Accessible Ocean is an ocean with good governance, open access to data, information and technologies. This is a challenging task that be achieved through cooperation across national borders and a system of information sharing and policy implementation that works for stakeholders across the globe.

The sixth Ocean Decade Laboratory on 10-12 May 2022 focused on these challenges as well as on the difficult task of translating scientific knowledge into concrete policies in order to tackle challenges like global warming and ocean pollution.

In this short video we take you through some of the most memorable moments of the Ocean Decade Laboratory “An Accessible Ocean”. Participants from a total of 71 countries came together for this Laboratory. In this video some of them share their thoughts on what an Accessible Ocean means to them. Find out why the management of and access to ocean knowledge is like baking a cake or cultivating a garden and how an International Ocean Space Station could help us create the ocean we want and need.

You can watch the full recording of the Core Event and Wrap-up of the sixth Ocean Decade Laboratory “An Accessible Ocean” here:

10 May, 7:00 – 8:30 pm CEST

GEOTRACES: Sharing Marine Geochemical Data

The GEOTRACES international program will present, and share the lessons learned from creating, its open access database and e-atlas of trace-element and isotope data, including macro- and micronutrients, contaminants and biological data.

10 May, 8:00 – 10:00 pm CEST

Engaging Science with Culture for Sustainability

This session focuses on engaging communities and human culture in ocean science to inform equitable solutions. A panel will explore three Canadian case studies, after which participants will aid in collaboratively designing the co-design process.

10 May, 9:00 – 10:30 pm CEST

The Save The Waves App: An Everyday Conservation Tool

The Save The Waves app is an innovative, easy-to-use tool for coastal stewardship and conservation. This activity will highlight its potential for protected area management, direct action, and existing data sharing and response partnerships.

11 May, 1:00 – 3:00 am CEST

VAKA MOANA: For an Accessible Pacific Ocean

Long before the internet, the ocean was a highway of knowledge exchange across the Pacific. This event will explore how Pacific Islanders are building upon this tradition and overcoming barriers to better manage, communicate & apply ocean knowledge.

11 May 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CEST

The Mediated Ocean: Making Data Sustainable

Ocean knowledge and governance increasingly depend on enormous flows of data from a vast machine of measuring tools. This cross-disciplinary activity explores implications of digitalization for ocean sustainability.

11 May, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm CEST

Expanding Data Interoperability between Europe and Asia

Showcasing the benefits of making ocean data interoperable & co-developing marine knowledge products to address global challenges. Examples & achievements of EU, Chinese and Asian ocean data sharing collaborations & opportunities to join the efforts.

11 May, 2:00 – 3:30 pm CEST

Accessible ocean science? Negotiating notions of access

"Access" means the ability to reach a resource but it also entails the capacity to derive benefits from it. What does this imply for “accessible” ocean science? What is required to make ocean knowledge accessible for multiple stakeholders?

11 May, 2:30 – 3:15 pm CEST

Tsunamika Ocean is Us

Tsunamika is a tiny traveling doll upcycled from waste fabric in a project from Upasana, Auroville, Tamilnadu, India. Join her on her ocean mission!

11 May, 3:00 – 6:00 pm CEST

Novel Underwater Mapping Services at EOSC

Join us and learn how to efficiently use and make the most of novel, cutting-edge EOSC cloud services for bathymetry mapping, seafloor mosaicking and seabed classification.

11 May, 3:00 – 5:00 pm CEST

EU Marine Data Services All-Atlantic Workshop

This webinar will discuss how a future All-Atlantic Ocean Data Space could be realized by building on existing initiatives such as the two EU operational marine data services, i.e. Copernicus Marine Service and EMODnet.

11 May, 4:00 – 6:30 pm CEST

Ocean data access and management: CTN Diocean

"Ocean data access and management: CTN-Diocean" aims to promote action for developing national capacities  towards the equitable access to data and information systems, promoting capabilities for their use into decision making and investigation.

11 May, 4:00 – 5:00 pm CEST

A Virtual Environment to Tackle Ocean Challenges

Blue-Cloud enables researchers to find, access, share, combine and reuse marine data across domains. In this webinar, we present 3 award-winning practical cases from our 2022 Hackathon.

11 May, 4:00 – 8:00 pm CEST

Air-Sea Observations for an Accessible Ocean

Observing Air-Sea Interactions Strategy aims to support FAIR data for an accessible ocean. Join our workshop for brainstorming and networking on what OASIS can do to strengthen FAIR data principles across the global air-sea interactions community.

11 May, 7:00 – 8:30 pm CEST

Smart Fishing D&D

On a path toward coastal ocean justice, the Smart Fishing project will be the starting point for a dialogue-based movement and opening discussion, evoking the bio-cultural memory to co-construct the pluriverse of the oceanic worlds.

11 May, 5:00 – 5:30 pm CEST

Remote sensing and the food systems

Integrated version of the telecommunications „5G technologies for use in food systems and food value chains in the ocean sector“?

11 May, 5:30 – 7:30 pm CEST

Imaging the Ocean: New Technologies for the Deep Sea

We will showcase new marine imaging technologies developed in the iAtlantic project, demonstrating how they advance our understanding of the ocean and how they can widen access to marine information through low-cost kit and smart use of AI.

11 May, 7:00 – 8:00 pm CEST

Where is the Marine Data on the Western South Atlantic Ocean?

The main goal of this webinar is to engage scientists, the public sector and society in the need to incorporate marine data into marine databases, focusing on the quality of the information to support management, innovation and decision-making.

11 May, 7:30 – 9:00 pm CEST

Co-designing the Decade for Equitable Outcomes

This session will explore how co-design is used to advance equity in the design and use of ocean science for sustainable development and identify lessons from principles and practical examples.

12 May, 6:00 – 8:00 am CEST

From Trash 2 Treasure: Data-driven Marine Litter Awareness

The session will promote awareness of the marine litter problem by highlighting the use of satellite GIS data and citizen science to assist participants engaged in local clean-ups on local shores.

12 May, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CEST

Ev’rybody in! Making Marine Science More Accessible

Our “Talking the Coast” project brought the marine science community together with coastal artists and citizens to increase both ocean literacy and ocean empathy. Learn how we achieved maximum outcome with minimal budget.

12 May, 2:00 – 3:30 pm CEST

Digital Twin Interoperability

Join us for a workshop to discuss interoperability for Digital Twins of the Ocean! We present and discuss existing approaches.

12 May, 6:30 – 7:30 pm CEST

The Ocean Flag

Join us to learn how ocean advocacy can be translated from commitments into actions by using fashion as a tool.

PROGRAM Core Event

10 May, 2:30 – 5:30 pm CEST

The transformation to sustainability in general as well as a sustainable use and governance of the ocean is a knowledge-intensive process. Although enough knowledge is available to act, in order to achieve international targets such as the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda, it also has to find its way into the political process in order to inform decision-making. This Ocean Decade Laboratory understands ‘accessible’ to mean findable, as well as understandable and usable. It is positioned at the interface between science and policy, and reflects on innovative ways of turning knowledge into action.

MODERATOR

Monika Jones, International TV and Conference Host, Germany

2:30 pm CEST

OPENING

Jens Schiffers, Scientific Officer, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany

— Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, France

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “An Accessible Ocean”
Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director, The German Development Institute (DIE)/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “An Accessible Ocean”
Sebastian Unger, Head, Ocean Governance Research Group, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany

2:45 pm CEST

SESSION 1: WHAT KIND OF KNOWLEDGE IS NEEDED TO SUPPORT KEY OCEAN GOVERNANCE PROCESSES?

Panel Discussion

This session will reflect on the knowledge needed to guide implementation of global ocean goals and policy instruments such as 2030 Agenda, biodiversity, climate change, pollution, and multiple stressors from human activities.

Co-moderation

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “An Accessible Ocean”
Sebastian Unger, Head, Ocean Governance Research Group, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany

Panelists

Dixon Waruinge, Coordinator, Nairobi Convention Secretariat, Kenia
Joanna Post, Programme Management Officer, Intergovernmental Support and Collective Progress Division (UN Climate Change), Germany
Sheila Heymans, Executive Director, European Marine Board, Belgium
Andrea Weiß, Science Officer, German Environment Agency, Germany

3:40 pm CEST

Q&A with audience/online participants

4:00 pm CEST

BREAK

4:10 pm CEST

SESSION 2: WHAT DOES SCIENCE OFFER IN SUPPORT OF SUSTAINABILITY TRANSFORMATIONS?

Panel Discussion

This session will present important showcases, processes, platforms etc. Problems will be considered that would need input from the policy sphere, e.g. ICOS for marine carbon observations, GOOS or the EU Marine Board.

Co-moderation

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “An Accessible Ocean”
Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director, The German Development Institute (DIE)/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

Panelists

J. Murray Roberts, Professor, University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences & Head, Changing Oceans Research Group & Coordinator, European Horizon 2020 iAtlantic Project, Scotland
Karen Evans, Principal Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Tasmania
Anya Waite, CEO & Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute, Canada
Jacqueline Uku, President, Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), Kenya
Daniel Dunn, Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, University of Queensland, Australia

5:00 pm CEST

Q&A with audience/online participants

5:15 pm CEST

OUTLOOK AND EXPECTATIONS

Summary/Closing and outlook on Satellite Activities and Wrap-up

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “An Accessible Ocean”
Anna-Katharina Hornidge
, Director, The German Development Institute (DIE)/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “An Accessible Ocean”
Sebastian Unger
, Head, Ocean Governance Research Group, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany

Program Wrap-up

12 May, 2:30 – 4:00 pm CEST

As usual in the Wrap-up, the key messages of the Core Event as well as selected Satellite Activities will be presented. The panel discussion will ideally result in specific policy recommendations.

MODERATOR

Monika Jones, International TV and Conference Host, Germany

2:30 pm CEST

OPENING

2:40 pm CEST

REPORTS OF SELECTED SATELLITE ACTIVITIES

“Accessible ocean science? Negotiating notions of access”
 Mirja Schoderer, Reseacher, The German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

“The Save the Waves App”
 Diego Sancho Gallegos, Surf Conservation Data Coordinator, Save The Waves Coalition (STW), Costa Rica

“Where is the marine data of the Western South Atlantic Ocean?”
 Simone Pennafirme, Manager, Marine Life Center & Secretariat for Environment, The City Hall of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2:55 pm CEST

KEY MESSAGES OF THE CORE EVENT

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “An Accessible Ocean”
Sebastian Unger, Head, Ocean Governance Research Group, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “An Accessible Ocean”
Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director, The German Development Institute (DIE)/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

3:10 pm CEST

SESSION 3: WHAT KIND OF SCIENCE ARCHITECTURE IS REQUIRED TO DELIVER RELEVANT SCIENCE TO POLICY?

Panel Discussion

Starting from existing science-policy interfaces for the ocean, including the World Ocean Assessment and the Regular Process, IPCC and IPBES, this session will discuss options for strengthening the institutional dimension, e.g., the need for sustained funding of constant monitoring activities, integration of data platforms, streamlining policy-relevant scientific assessments of the state of the ocean and specific issue areas with regard to ocean health.

Co-moderation

Kristina M. Gjerde, Senior High Seas Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Global Marine and Polar Programme, USA

Panelists

Antje Boetius, Director, Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Germany
David Obura, Director, Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa
Jörn Schmidt, Chair, Science Committee, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), Denmark

3:55 pm CEST

CLOSING

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “An Accessible Ocean”
Sebastian Unger
, Head, Ocean Governance Research Group, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany

4:00 pm CEST

OUTLOOK: OCEAN DECADE LABORATORIES 2022

Upcoming Lab “A Productive Ocean”, 31 May –1 June

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “A Productive Ocean"
Reinhold Hanel
, Head, Thünen-Institute of Fisheries Ecology (TI-FI) in Bremerhaven, Germany

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “A Productive Ocean”
Anna Jöborn, CEO, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra), Sweden

CO-CHAIRS

SPEAKER

Anna-Katharina Hornidge

Director, German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

SPEAKER

Sebastian Unger

Head of Ocean Governance Research Group, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany

SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

SPEAKER

Antje Boetius

Director, Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Germany

SPEAKER

Daniel Dunn

Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, University of Queensland, Australia

SPEAKER

Reinhold Hanel

Head, Thünen-Institute of Fisheries Ecology (TI-FI) in Bremerhaven, Germany

SPEAKER

Anna Jöborn

Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra), Sweden

SPEAKER

David Obura

Director, Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa

SPEAKER

Vladimir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, France

SPEAKER

Jacqueline Uku

President, Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), Kenya

SPEAKER

Anya Waite

CEO & Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute, Canada

MORE SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

OCEAN DECADE LABORATORIES

7 – 8 JULY 2021

AN INSPIRING AND ENGAGING OCEAN

An inspiring and engaging ocean where society understands and values the ocean.

15 – 17 SEPTEMBER 2021

A PREDICTED OCEAN

A predicted ocean where society has the capacity to understand current and future ocean conditions.

17 – 19 NOVEMBER 2021

A CLEAN OCEAN

A clean ocean where sources of pollution are identified and removed.

9 – 11 MARCH 2022

A HEALTHY AND RESILIENT OCEAN

A healthy and resilient ocean where marine ecosystems are mapped and protected.

5 – 7 APRIL 2022

A SAFE OCEAN

A safe ocean where people are protected from ocean hazards.

10 – 12 MAY 2022

AN ACCESSIBLE OCEAN

An accessible ocean with good governance, open access to data, information and technologies.

31 MAY – 2 JUNE 2022

A PRODUCTIVE OCEAN

A sustainably harvested and productive ocean ensuring the provision of food supply.