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Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, South Africa, Ms Barbara Creecy, engaging with students at the SA Agulhas II Open Tour Day

GOMO supports successful International World Ocean Day celebration

From June 8-11th, roughly 1,000 high school students and 4,000 members of the public gathered to celebrate and learn about the oceans during a multi-day outreach event for World Ocean Day in Cape Town, South Africa. Visitors were exposed to life as a sea-going marine scientist through a tour of the 440 foot South African Agulhas II research vessel and were given hands-on demonstrations of the use of state-of-the-art ocean observing platforms, including Argo floats, satellite tracked drifting buoys, and buoyancy gliders (see picture below). The importance of ocean health and ocean observing capabilities was further emphasized by the commemoration of the event by South African Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms Barbara Creecy.

Ron Brown officers, Ambassador Patman, Chief Scientist Barbero and embassy personnel with the Ron Brown in the background. Photo Credit: Kristján Pétursson


After 55 days at sea and a successful re-occupation of 150 ocean stations as a part of the decadal GO-SHIP transect A16N, NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown received a welcome visit from the U.S. Ambassador to Iceland, Carrin F. Patman, in Reykjavik this May. During the visit, Ambassador Patman embarked on a tour of the ship led by Captain Marc Moser, Commander Aaron Maggied, Chief Scientist Leticia Barbero, and senior officers.

High level view of a dense green forest and a river running through it

NOAA Blue Carbon Inventory Project Participates in a Virtual Workshop with Government of Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry

The NOAA Blue Carbon Inventory (BCI) Project participated in a virtual workshop with the Government of Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry (Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan – KLHK) on May 10th, 2023. The workshop was focused on opportunities for technical exchange on blue carbon and remote sensing, and other US agencies including NASA, USGS, and FWS were in attendance.


There is a significant need to strengthen capacity for research, monitoring, and adaptive solutions for ocean acidification resilience and associated multi-stressors in the Caribbean region. The Caribbean Ocean Acidification Community of Practice (CoP) endeavors to explore the impacts of ocean acidification on important ocean and coastal areas, such as coral reefs, ecosystem and human health, and socio-economic activities within the region.

Protecting the ocean, protecting our future at IMPAC5

NOAA is joining an international cohort of community leaders in marine protection, including youth and indigenous voices, at the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) Conference. From February 3-9, 2023, in Vancouver, Canada, marine conservation managers, practitioners, and decision makers will consider policies, priorities, and processes that proactively contribute to a healthy blue planet while also improving economic sustainability. 

Sun setting over a fairly turbulent ocean

AOML scientists lead water quality and biodiversity workshop in São Paulo, Brazil

NOAA affiliated scientists led a water quality and biodiversity workshop in São Paulo, Brazil, meeting with local leadership to discuss new plans for the sustainable management of an increasingly vulnerable coastal region. Scientists from NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), the University of Miami’s Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS), and the Northern Gulf Institute (NGI), recently led a workshop in São Paulo, Brazil focused on identifying pathways for the integration of water quality and marine biodiversity observations to support decision-making in the State of São Paulo.

AOML participates in All-Atlantic Research Forum

Dr. Kelly Goodwin, a microbiologist at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory, recently served as one of the NOAA representatives at the historic signing of the All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Declaration during the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum 2022. This declaration represents a major milestone towards ocean science diplomacy and a cooperative effort towards a sustainable Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Ocean serves as a valuable resource for many nations and requires widespread cooperation in order to effectively establish a management framework to address climate change, pollution, ocean observation, marine ecosystem conservation, a sustainable ocean economy, and effective aquaculture and fisheries.

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