1st Ocean Observer Workshop

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 14 June 2017 - 5:00pm
France, Brest
Type of Event: 
Meeting by Member States or Institutions
erusciano@jcommops.org claire.gourcuff@euro-argo.eu

An educational workshop to bring together ocean scientists, educators, sailing community and marine communicators who are willing to share and gather experiences on ocean observing educational activities.
The Ocean is one of the most important components of the climate system and observing the ocean is necessary to predict the climate evolution of our planet. In today’s society there is a need for a bigger effort to disseminate the importance of observing and preserving the ocean. Marine science vulgarization and outreach are becoming more and more important to raise awareness among the communities that a healthy ocean is vital for the well-being of generations to come.

The Ocean Observers workshop will bring together ocean scientists, educational authorities and teachers, marine communicators, sailing community and other stakeholders (public, policy-makers, and etc.), who are willing to share marine science educational resources and experiences for exploring the possibilities to establish new international collaborative activities.

A key focus of the initiative is to gather and share experience on educational activities related to in situ ocean observations, to be able in the longer term, to assemble all educational materials in a unique repository under the UNESCO auspices. The repository, e.g. OceanTeacher Global Academy, will be free and will help to build a global ocean observations Learning platform.

What is the global ocean circulation and how it impacts our life? Why do we observe the oceans?
How do we do in situ measurements of physical and biogeochemical ocean properties?
What educators, NGOs, public and private sectors worldwide do to explain and disseminate the importance of the in situ ocean observations?

These are just a few of the questions that will be addressed through this interactive 2-days workshop.

The 1st Ocean Observers workshop is jointly organized by the Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology in-situ Observations Programme Support Centre (JCOMMOPS) and the European contribution to the Argo Program (EuroArgo ERIC), in collaboration with the Argo Project Office, the IOC/UNESCO and the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Office.