3rd GEO Blue Planet Symposium


The 3rd Blue Planet Symposium was held in College Park, Maryland, USA from 31 May to 2 June 2017. The symposium was co-hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Maryland and the University System of Maryland Foundation.

The symposium served as a forum for discussion of societal information needs resulting from the important role the oceans play in Earth’s life-support system and the challenge of minimizing the impacts of human activities on the oceans while utilizing the resources of the oceans to meet our needs. The symposium served as a platform for the participating communities to exchange information on their activities and identify potential pilot and prototype projects for Blue Planet to focus on in the coming years.

Symposium Presentations

Day 1: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Welcome and Introductory Keynotes

Making Ocean Observations Matter Craig McLean, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Group on Earth Observations Douglas Cripe , GEO Secretariat
The Group on Earth Observations “Oceans and Society: Blue Planet” Initiative Sophie Seeyave, Partnership for the Observation of the Global Oceans

Session 1: The Changing Oceans

Observing the Changing Ocean David Legler, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Understanding Sea Level Change on Global and Local Scales Benjamin Hamlington, Old Dominion University
The Changing Cryosphere and Impact on Regional Sea Level Isabella Velicogna, University of California, Irvine

Session 2: Threats from Pollution, Warming and Acidification

Marine Pollution: Status, Trends and Opportunities Christopher Corbin, UN Environment Caribbean Environment Programme
Marine Pollution and the Toxic Legacy of Our Consumer Culture Susan Shaw, Marine & Environmental Research Institute
Ocean Warming and Acidification: Present Conditions and Future Projections Richard Feely, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Societal Impacts of Ocean Acidification and Warming Jan Newton, University of Washington
Lunchtime Presentation

The Open Data Cube and Coastal Applications

Jonathan Ross, Geosciences Australia

Session 3: Processes and Life at the Interfaces with the Oceans

Corals and Climate Change: A Shifting Landscape of Risk Kim Cobb, Georgia Tech
Tracking Carbon and Nitrogen Pollution from Headwaters to Coasts Sujay Kaushal, University of Maryland, College Park

Session 4: Sustainable use of Ocean Resources

COVERAGE: CEOS Ocean Variables Enabling Research and Applications Eric Lindstrom, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service: Its Use for Marine Resource Applications Pierre-Yves Le Traon, Mercator Ocean
The Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON): A Global Partnership for the Systematic Study of Life in the Sea Frank Muller-Karger, University of South Florida
Incentivizing Sustainable Fisheries Management on a Global Scale: The Role of Markets and Science Werner Kiene, Marine Stewardship Council

Day 2: Thursday, June 1, 2017

Introductory Keynote

Space for Blue Growth: A glimpse at the ESA-WB Partnership Focusing on Marine and Coastal Resources Management Christoph Aubrecht, World Bank

Session 5: Services and Information for Healthy Ecosystems and Food Security

Advancing Aquaculture in a Changing World Megan Davis, Florida Atlantic University – Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
The use of Earth Observation Data for Decision Support and the Management of Fisheries Resources in West Africa Kwame Adu Agyekum, University of Ghana
The Economic Benefits and Impacts of Sustaining the Global Ocean Rashid Sumaila, University of British Columbia
Lunchtime Presentation 

Global Ecological Marine Units (EMUs): An Environmental Stratification of the Ocean

Roger Sayer, United States Geological Survey

Session 6: Services and Information for Coastal Communities

Earth Observation Data and Information for Mitigation of Vulnerability to Climatic Hazards of Coastal Areas Chide Ibe, University of Port Harcourt
Building a Futures assessment process to identify pathways to sustainability for coastal communities Martin Le Tissier, Future Earth Coasts
Marine Monitoring for Evidence-based Action in Two Small Island Developing States: Barbados and Grenada Kristin Qui, Yale University
Climate services as a model for deriving value from earth observation for coastal management Maria Manez Cost, Climate Service Center Germany

Day 3: Friday, June 2, 2017

Session 7: Services and Information for the Blue Economy

Opening Comments   Ralph Rayner, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Ocean Economy in 2030 Claire Jolly, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
The Contribution of Ocean Observations to Weather Forecast and Climate Projection Skill John Siddorn, Met Office
The Impact of Ocean Observations on Wind and Wave Models for Application in the Offshore Industry Andrew Cox, Oceanweather Inc.
The Impact of Ocean Observations on Risk Models for Application in the Reinsurance Industry Dail Rowe, WeatherPredict Consulting Inc.
Lunchtime Presentation

Earth Observation Processing and Analytics Services

Lauryn Gutowski, EOS Data Analytics, Inc.

Session 8: Services and Information for Maritime Awareness

Opening Comments Samy Djavidnia, European Maritime Safety Agency
Collaborative Arctic Observations  Vera Metcalf, Eskimo Walrus Commission
Use of Satellite Data and Information for Monitoring Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Activities Mark Richardson, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Reinforcing and Moving Beyond Pacific SIDS Monitoring of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fisheries Activities James Movick, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency

The full symposium scope, objectives, and agenda can be found here.