Search

Stay Connected

NOAA Research News

NOAA initiatives among the first round of Ocean Decade endorsed actions

NOAA initiatives among the first round of Ocean Decade endorsed actions

NOAA scientists and priorities are well reflected in several of the first Ocean Decade actions endorsed and announced this week by the United Nations Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC).

The announcement on World Ocean Day of more than 60 actions is the first batch of UN Decade action endorsements and is meant to encourage greater participation, collaboration and co-development from around the world. 

The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development involves all UN members, nongovernmental groups, industry, philanthropy, early-career scientists and diverse communities in this once in a generation effort to better understand, protect, restore and sustainably use the world’s largest ecosystem.

“We are excited to see this diverse listing of big ideas and actions for the ocean and glad to have NOAA play a part in the Decade’s plan to revolutionize science for the ocean and for humanity,” said Craig McLean, NOAA assistant administrator for Research and acting NOAA chief scientist. “These first actions are a clarion call to all who depend on the ocean, which is everyone, to dive in and become a part of the Ocean Decade.”

Collecting ocean-climate data

Collecting ocean-climate data

Recovery of the NOAA Ocean Climate Station Papa mooring during the June 2011 Canadian Fisheries and Ocean Line P cruise aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship John P. Tully. Credit: Keith Ronnholm/ NOAA

NOAA is a leader or collaborator of endorsed actions including one that will contribute to the Seabed 2030 goal of mapping the global ocean by 2030; an effort to enhance Earth observation satellites for coastal observations, applications, services, and tools; an effort to expand sustainable coastal aquaculture; and a project to further enhance the World Ocean Database which will bring together discoverable, publicly accessible, adaptable, and comprehensive global profile oceanographic data of known quality.

Some other endorsed actions that involve NOAA scientists and partners include:

An Observing Air-Sea Interactions Strategy called OASIS that would provide observational-based knowledge to fundamentally improve weather, climate and ocean prediction, promote healthy oceans, the blue economy, and sustainable food and energy. The lead is the International Science Council Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research and a co-lead of the project is NOAA scientist Meghan Cronin. 

An Ocean Decade Research Program on the Maritime Acoustic Environment to establish a comprehensive science-based program aimed at measuring and objectively characterizing underwater acoustic environments - the physical, biological and anthropogenic - at regional to global scales. The lead is the United States Interagency Working Group for Ocean Sound and Marine Life, which includes NOAA scientist Bob Dziak.

A new international coastal “blue carbon” project to support countries’ efforts to integrate coastal wetlands into their National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. These inventories provide a transparent mechanism for tracking and assessing the status of coastal wetlands and their role in carbon sequestration and storage. The inclusion of this information in NGGIs can lead to enhanced protection and restoration of critical coastal wetlands, as well as contribute to climate mitigation. The NOAA Blue Carbon Inventory Project is  supported through a partnership among the NOAA Climate Program Office, the NOAA  Marine Protected Areas Center and the State Department. 

A Transformative Decade Program for the Global Ocean Acidification Observing System that expands CO2 observing systems by developing the next generation of sensors, training new experts, ensuring materials are available for accurate measurements, and filling in under-observed regions. It also builds capacity for publicly-available data that is fed into products useful for stakeholders. NOAA is the lead institution.

An initiative involving NOAA and partners around the world to increase marine protected areas (MPA) as sentinel sites for ocean conservation, science and literacy. The initiative would seek to: 1) Understand climate impacts affecting the oceans  2) Promote research on MPA uses and socioeconomic benefits to coastal communities; 3) Develop initiatives to promote ocean literacy  4) Support national and international initiatives to establish networks of MPAs.

These actions were endorsed for their ability to produce knowledge for sustainable development; for their use of innovative technology; for their cross disciplinary approach to design solutions between scientists and ocean science users; and for their respect for inclusivity by empowering women, early career professionals, and those who hold indigenous knowledge across these ocean actions.

There will be more calls for actions, providing opportunities to develop or support new programs and become part of the Ocean Decade’s knowledge revolution, according to the IOC news release.

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development seeks to stimulate ocean science and knowledge generation to reverse the decline of the state of the ocean system and catalyze new opportunities for sustainable development of our world’s largest ecosystem.

For more information on the endorsed actions, please see the IOC media release: https://www.oceandecade.org/news/134/World-Oceans-Day-discover-the-results-of-the-first-Call-for-Decade-Actions

For information on NOAA projects please contact Monica Allen, NOAA Communications, at monica.allen@noaa.gov or by phone at 202-379-6693

Previous Article NOAA names Oregon State University to host new institute for marine research
Next Article Joint NASA, NOAA study finds Earth's energy imbalance has doubled
Print
6038

Documents to download

x

Popular Research News

Carbon dioxide peaks near 420 parts per million at Mauna Loa observatory

Carbon dioxide peaks near 420 parts per million at Mauna Loa observatory Read more

In May, NOAA's measurements at the Mauna Loa observatory averaged 419.13 parts per million. Scientists at Scripps calculated a monthly average of 418.92 ppm.  It's the highest level since accurate measurements began 63 years ago.

NOAA index tracks how greenhouse gas pollution amplified global warming in 2020

NOAA index tracks how greenhouse gas pollution amplified global warming in 2020 Read more

The annual analysis of samples collected by NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network provides an updated measure of the excess heat trapped in the atmosphere by greenhouse gas pollution.

Meet 5 NOAA buoys that help scientists understand our weather, climate and ocean health

Meet 5 NOAA buoys that help scientists understand our weather, climate and ocean health Read more

Keeping track of ocean health is critical for understanding climate change, weather patterns, and the health of important fisheries. But how do NOAA and partner scientists gather data on such a vast environment? 

NOAA, Boeing team up to test greenhouse gas-measuring technology

NOAA, Boeing team up to test greenhouse gas-measuring technology Read more

Scientists with NOAA's Global Monitoring Laboratory will evaluate the optimal placement of greenhouse-gas sampling inlets on a Boeing 737 flying testbed owned by Alaska Air during Boeing's 2021 ecoDemonstrator technology development program. 

NOAA initiatives among the first round of Ocean Decade endorsed actions

NOAA initiatives among the first round of Ocean Decade endorsed actions Read more

NOAA scientists and priorities are well reflected in several of the first Ocean Decade actions endorsed and announced this week by the United Nations Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC).

Documents to download

RSS
«August 2021»
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
25262728293031
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930311234

OAR HEADQUARTERS

Phone: 301-713-2458
Address: 1315 East-West Highway Silver Spring, MD 20910

Stay Connected

ABOUT US

Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) - or "NOAA Research" - provides the research foundation for understanding the complex systems that support our planet. Working in partnership with other organizational units of the NOAA, a bureau of the Department of Commerce, NOAA Research enables better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters, and a greater understanding of the Earth. Our role is to provide unbiased science to better manage the environment, nationally, and globally.

CONTACT US

Can't Find What You Need?
Send Feedback
Copyright 2018 by NOAA Terms Of Use Privacy Statement
Back To Top