GEO Blue Planet 6th Symposium

Seoul, Republic of Korea | 31 Oct – 2 Nov 2023

GEO Blue Planet held its 6th GEO Blue Planet Symposium from 31 October to 2 November 2023 in Seoul, Korea. Themed Digital Solutions for Sustainable Oceans, the symposium was specifically geared towards improving GEO Blue Planet’s engagement with Asian nations to expand the Earth observation community of practice, strengthen local capacity and provide access to resources, tools, and services.

The in-person event featured Plenary Sessions centered on the GEO Blue Planet Core Action Areas of Stakeholder Engagement, Cooperation, and Co-design and Capacity Development. Additionally, it included multiple sessions on Korean Marine Spatial Planning (K-MSP) and digital solutions for marine sustainability, thematic workshops, and a highly interactive symposium forum.

The event was organised by the GEO Blue Planet Secretariat with support from the US, Asia and EU Offices, with substantial support from local hosts, including the Korea Maritime Institute, which hosts GEO Blue Planet’s Asian Office, the Korea Hydrographic and Oceanographic Agency and the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology. The fruitful event brought together over 100 participants from 20 different countries and diverse sectors (research institutions, government agencies, international and regional bodies, the private sector and universities.


Symposium Opening and Plenary Sessions

Chair: Nikelene Mclean (University of Maryland)


  • *A Gopalakrishnan (Central Marine Fisheries Institute, India)
  • Sukguen Jung (Jeju National University)
  • Jaeyoon Park (Global Fishing Watch)

Additional Panelists:

  • Dong-Hun Go (KMI)
  • Manasa Babitu (The Pacific Community)


KIOST Session: Data Centers in Coast Big-Data Platform

Chair: Chol Young Lee (KIOST)


  • Woo Ram Kim (Haebomdata Inc.)
  • Jin Il Song (Inha University Research and Business Foundation)
  • Chan-Yeong Oh (OCEANIC Co., Ltd.)
  • Ho-Seung Jung (OSEAN)
  • Lukas Kim (NSONESOFT Co., Ltd.)


PEMSEA Learning Exchange Program: Session II

Session II
Sharing Sessions

  1. ICM and Sustainable Coastal Development Approaches
  2. Biodiversity and Habitat Management
  3. Role of Learning Institutions in Biodiversity Conservation and Management

Speakers: PNLC members


JungHo Nam

GEO Blue Planet/Korean Maritime Institute (KMI)

Sang-Hyeok Lee

GEO Blue Planet/KMI

Sung-Jin Cho

GEO Blue Planet/KMI

Audrey Hasson

GEO Blue Planet/Mercator Ocean International

Lillian Diarra

GEO Blue Planet/Mercator Ocean International

Pierre Yves Le Troan

GEO Blue Planet/Mercator Ocean International

Emily Smail

GEO Blue Planet/National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/University Of Maryland

Joy Deep Chakrabarrty

GEO Blue Planet/NOAA

Ken Ando

Japan Agency For Marine-Earth Science And Technology (JAMSTEC)

Semi Jeong


Miju Kim


Hee-Jung Choi


Nashwan Matheen

Maldives Space Research Organisation

Seunghyun Son


Piotr Zaborowski

Open Geospatial Consortium

Aimee Gonzales

Partnership In Environmental Management For The Seas Of East Asia (PEMSEA)

Shinji Kim


Jens Kruger

The Pacific Community (SPC)

Hamid Mehmood

United Nations Economic And Social Commission For Asia And The Pacific (UNESCAP)

Rory Scarrott

University Cork College



About GEO Blue Planet Symposia

GEO Blue Planet hosts symposiums every one to two years in different regions for the purpose of increasing regional linkages, promoting linkages between stakeholders and the observing community and gathering community feedback on the focus of GEO Blue Planet activities.