This action area is geared towards identifying stakeholders’ needs and priorities. GEO Blue Planet’s portfolio of stakeholder core actions include outreach materials, workshops, symposia and consultations and white papers on Earth Observation applications.
Stakeholders who are not experts in Earth Observations or ocean science are often interested in what Earth Observations are, how they are applied in the ocean and coastal domains and the limitations to their use. To this end, GEO Blue Planet produces informational materials including booklets on ocean and coastal observations, examples of indicators and decision support tools that utilize ocean and coastal observations, infographics, videos and other outreach materials as needed
Workshops, Symposia and Consultations
Understanding the decisions that stakeholders are required to make and what information is required to support those decisions is a key focus of GEO Blue Planet. GEO Blue Planet works to plan regional and thematic workshops that bring together representatives of government, research institutions, industry and NGOs. This provides an avenue to assess information needs in terms of ocean and coastal observation-based products and service and capacity development. GEO Blue Planet also makes understanding information needs and stakeholder priorities a focus of international GEO Blue Planet symposia. GEO Blue Planet Secretariat, Committee and Working Group members also welcome invitations to participate in UN expert meetings on topics that require input on ocean and coastal observation topics and to provide informal consultations on relevant topics.
White papers on Earth Observation applications
In order to understand the state of science, limitations and future directions of ocean and coastal observations for a specific application (e.g., management of tuna fisheries, monitoring of marine litter, etc.) or provision of policy-relevant information, GEO Blue Planet produces white papers on Earth observation applications based on requests from stakeholders. Teams of experts collaborate to produce the publications which are published either by the requesting organization (such as the UN) or in a relevant journal.