4th Blue Planet Symposium – Toulouse, France, July 2018

4th GEO Blue Planet Symposium was held from July 4 – 6, 2018 in Toulouse, France. The symposium was hosted by Mercator Ocean, member of the GEO Blue Planet Initiative and entrusted by the European Commission to operate the EU Copernicus Marine Service.

The symposium was the first GEO Blue Planet symposium in Toulouse and served as a forum for discussion of ocean and coastal information needs for sustainable development, Blue Growth and societal awareness. A total of 300 delegates attended the symposium from international organisations and networks, research scientists, government agencies, various industries, ocean science communicators and graduate students. 

Symposium Report 


Symposium Pictures



Agenda and Presentations

08:00 – 09:00 Registration Main Entrance

Session 0: Welcome and Introductory Keynotes


09:00 – 09:10 1st Welcome and Opening Comments Jean-Claude Dardelet (Toulouse City)
09:10 – 09:20 2nd Welcome and Opening Comments Pierre Bahurel (Mercator Ocean)
09:20 – 09:35 An Introduction to the Copernicus Programme Philippe Brunet (EC-DG GROW)
09:35 – 09:50 The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Douglas Cripe (GEO Secretariat)
09:50 – 10:05 The European Union's Role in GEO Gilles Ollier (EC-DG RTD)
10:05 – 10:25 The GEO "Oceans and Society: Blue Planet" Initiative Sophie Seeyave (GEO Blue Planet)
10:25 – 10:30  Opening address by Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean  Peter Thomson (Permanent Representative/Ambassador at Permanent Mission of Fiji to the UN)
10:30 – 10:50 Coffee Break Foyer St Exupéry & Foyer Airbus

Session 1: Understanding and Managing Environmental and Economic Pressures


10:50 – 11:00 Speaker introduction and overview of session  Douglas Cripe (GEO) & Pierre-Yves Le Traon (Mercator Ocean)
11:00 – 11:20 Understanding and managing environmental and economic pressures Margaret Leinen (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
11:20 –  11:40 Economic drivers and pressures on the ocean environment: innovation as a game changer Claire Jolly (OECD)
11:40 – 12:00 United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development Emily Smail (NOAA/UMD) on behalf of Vladimir Ryabinin (IOC-UNESCO)
12:00 – 12:20 Ocean, climate change and the conference of parties Valerie Masson Delmote (IPCC)
12:20 – 12:40 Key global ocean drivers, impacts, and solutions Jean Pierre Gattuso (CNRS/SU/IDDRI)
12:40 – 13:00 International ocean governance for better management of the marine environment Stefaan Depypere (EC DG MAre)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch  Chapiteau (outside)
14:00 – 15:00 Panel Discussion: How to ensure that policies effectively drive the development of sustainable management of our oceans and seas?  

Session 2: Producing and Deriving Coastal and Ocean Information


15:00 – 15:10 Speaker introduction and overview of session Pierre-Yves Le Traon (Mercator Ocean) & Francisco Chavez (MBARI)
15:10 – 15:30 The global ocean observing system and its evolution Glenn Nolan (EuroGOOS)
15:30 – 15:50 Towards an European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) Kate Larkin (European Marine Board)
15:50 – 16:10 The role of satellite observations and perspectives for the next decade Juliette Lambin (CNES)
16:10 – 16:30 Development of information services: example from the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) Pierre-Yves Le Traon (Mercator Ocean)
16:30  – 16:50 Ocean forecasting information and its social benefits in China Liying Wan (NMEFC)
16:50 – 17:50 Panel Discussion: The role of coastal and ocean information for the sustainable management of our oceans and seas: status, gaps and perspectives.
17:50 – 18:00 Kostas Nittis Medal Award Ceremony  Organised by EuroGOOS
18:00  – 19:00 Poster Session  Foyer St Exupéry & Foyer Airbus