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. 


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Agenda and Presentations

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08:00 – 09:00 Registration Main Entrance

Session 0: Welcome and Introductory Keynotes

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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

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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

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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
 19:00 – 20:30 SOCIAL EVENT MERCURE HOTEL COMPANS CAFFARELLI
 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

08:00 – 9:00 Registration Main entrance

Session 3: Ocean and Coastal Information in Support of Blue Growth

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09:00 – 09:10 Speaker introduction and overview of session Ralph Rayner (NOAA & London School of Economics), Cecile Thomas Courcoux (Mercator Ocean)
09:20 – 09:30 From ocean observation to end-users of the Blue Economy: a virtuous value chain Pierre Bahurel (Mercator Ocean)
09:30 – 09:50 Marine renewable energy: overview of industry and ocean information needs Rémi Gruet (Ocean Energy Europe)
09:50 – 10:10 Ocean information for marine renewable energy: status and perspectives Laurence Crosnier ( Mercator Ocean)
10:10 – 10:40 Coffee Break Foyer St Exupéry & Foyer Airbus
10:40 – 11:00 Maritime transport: overview of industry and ocean information needs Christine Valentin (WOC)
11:00 – 11:20 Ocean information for maritime transport: status and perspectives Gilles Larnicol (CLS)
11:20 –  12:00 Panel Discussion 
12:00 – 13:20 Lunch   Chapiteau (outside)
13:20 – 13:40 Offshore oil and gas: overview of industry and ocean information needs Mark Calverley (IMarEST Operational Oceanography Special Interest Group)
13:40– 14:10 Ocean information for offshore oil and gas: status and perspectives Ed Steele and Caroline Acton (UK Met Office)
14:10 – 14:40 Coffee Break Foyer St Exupéry & Foyer Airbus
14:40 – 15:00 Aquaculture: Overview of Industry and Ocean Information Needs Ralph Rayner (NOAA & London School of Economics)
15:00 – 15:20 Ocean Information for Aquaculture: Status and Perspectives Andy Steven (CSIRO)
15:20 – 16:10 Panel Discussion
16:10 – 17:00 Poster Session  Foyer St Exupéry & Foyer Airbus

Friday, July 6, 2018

08:00 – 09:00 Registration Main entrance 

Session 4: Ocean and Coastal Information in Support of Sustainable Development

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09:00 – 09:10 Speaker introduction and overview of session Emily Smail (UMD/NOAA) & Martin Le Tissier (Future Earth Coasts)
09:10 – 09:30 Informing the Blue Economy: Small Island States as Sentinels of the Oceans Antoine Onezime (James Michel Foundation)
09:30 – 09:50 GEO Blue Planet’s role in sustainable development Paul DiGiacomo (NOAA)
09:50 – 10:10  Policy issues and information needs for sustainable fisheries Anton Ellenbroek (FAO)
 10:10 – 10:30 Developing operational products for ocean ecosystem and fishery management Patrick Lehodey (CLS)
10:30 – 11:00  Coffee Break Foyer St Exupéry & Foyer Airbus
  Assessing the State of Regional Seas: from Observations to Indicators. The OSPAR Perspective. Jo Foden (OSPAR Commission)
11:20 – 11:40 The Copernicus Marine Service Ocean State Report and its role to inform sustainable development policies Karina von Schuckmann (Mercator Ocean)
11:40 – 12:00 Ocean and coastal observations and information for management of marine biodiversity Isabel Sousa Pinto (U.Porto)
12:00 – 13:00 Panel Discussion
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch for delegates Chapiteau (outside)
13:00 – 14:00 Registration for the general public Main entrance

Session 5 : Societal Awareness of the value of Ocean and Coastal Information (open to the general public)

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14:00  – 14:10 Speaker introduction and overview of session  Fabrice Messal (Mercator Ocean) & Sophie Seeyave (POGO)
14:10  – 14:15 Welcome address from the Oceanographic Institute, Albert II Prince of Monaco Foundation His Serene Highness Albert II Prince of Monaco
14:10 – 14:35  Our Future is Blue, Our Future is Ocean Literate Peter Tuddenham (College of Exploration)
14:35  – 14:55 Ocean literacy in Bangladesh Mohammad Uddin (Univ. of Chittagong)
14:55 – 15:15 Lessons for engaging the public in conservation: Synthesis across coastal and marine citizen science projects Heidi Ballard (UC Davis)
15:15 – 15:25 North Pacific Exxpedition 2018 Emily Penn (Exxpedition)
15:20 – 15:40 Coffee Break Foyer St Exupéry & Foyer Airbus
15:40 – 16:00 Ocean and Climate Platform Françoise Gaill (INEE/CNRS)
16:00 – 16:20 Engaging with the public in Europe Jan Seys (VLIZ)
16:20 – 16:40 Wikinomics strategy for public engagement Olivier Dufourneaud (Oceanographic Institute, Albert II Prince of Monaco)
16:40 – 17:10 Audience Q & A 
17:10 – 17:20 Symposium summary, next steps and closing GEO Blue Planet Steering Committee Co-chairs
17:20 – 17:30 Symposium closing