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The European Mediterranean Sea Acidification in a changing climate (MedSeA) initiative is a project funded by the European Commission under Framework Program 7.  It involves 22 institutions (including 6 associated partners) from 12 countries. (more…)

HOPE for our seas and ocean

On March 3-4, was held the Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems: a European conference for the marine environment, in Brussels.

In 2008, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) was adopted with the aim of protecting and managing our seas and oceans in a sustainable way. The Directive sets an ambitious objective: to achieve and maintain the good environmental status of European seas and oceans by 2020.

The HOPE Conference brought together those working with the European marine environment, providing an opportunity to discuss progress made since the adoption of the MSFD, the problems that still remain and the solutions for improved coherence and better marine governance.

At the close of the Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems (HOPE) conference, the following “Declaration of HOPE” output document was issued. The HOPE conference was opened by Commissioner Potočnik in the presence of 15 EU environment ministers, and over 400 other attendees, including representatives from Member States, the Regional Sea Conventions, academia, industry, NGOs and other stakeholders.

The future of the Mediterranean Marine Ecosystem under discussion in Tunisia

With the kind support and hosting of the Government of Tunisia, the Steering Committee of the MedPartnership project is holding its fourth meeting from 17 to 20 February 2014. The meeting aims to present and discuss the results of the implementation of the MedPartnership activities in 2012-2013, and define future strategies for the project. It also aims to discuss the progress made in the new sister project “Integration of climatic variability and change into national strategies to implement the ICZM Protocol in the Mediterranean”. (more…)

Season’s Greetings from MedSeA

A MOOC (Not a Moose) Is Coming on January 27,2014!

We are very pleased to announce the World Bank’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on climate change, which will be launched next month on January 27, 2014. This course presents recent scientific evidence as well as some of the opportunities for urgent action on climate change. It also covers the latest knowledge and information based oncutting-edge research. It includes a session on ocean acidification by Carol Turley (PML).
It is being offered in two tracks: (1) General Public; and (2) Policy Makers and Practitioners.  The course runs for 4 weeks, and is free of charge. You have access to the material for approximately 6 months after the course ends.
Sign up for the first delivery of the course at https://www.coursera.org/#course/warmerworld

COP19: Side event on ocean acidification

Ocean acidification – the other CO2 problem

Ocean acidification is an emerging global concern and is a risk to marine biodiversity, ecosystems and human society. This event will highlight initiatives to address the challenges associated with ocean acidification, including the need for greater international observation and coordination.

A new international Summary for Policymakers on Ocean Acidification (IGBP, IOC-UNESCO and SCOR) and the results of the recent IPCC findings on ocean acidification will be presented at this event.
 
 
Monday 18 November 2013, 13:15—14:45
Venue: COP 19; The National Stadium, Warsaw; Room 4
Organizers: IOC-UNESCO, IAEA, PML, WMO, IMO, SCOR, IGBP
 
Please, find the link to the video presentation of the COP19 side event here.

Additional information can also be found at the Ocean Scientist for Informed Policy website.

Summary document for policymakers on the Economics of Ocean Acidification

The conclusions and recommendations from the 2nd International Workshop on the Economics of Ocean Acidification, organized by the Centre Scientifique de Monaco (CSM) and the IAEA in November 2012, was recently published in a summary document for policymakers. The brochure highlights the need to take urgent and adequate political decisions despite uncertainties and regional variations relating to the complex issue of ocean acidification. It lists the pressing actions needed to mitigate the adverse socio-economic consequences of ocean acidification on fisheries and aquaculture. The brochure includes a section of the regional impacts of Ocean Acidification on the Mediterranean and Black Sea. Click here to access the brochure on the Economics of Ocean Acidification.

 

Free access to the Royal Society Theme Issue on ‘Ocean acidification and climate change: advances in ecology and evolution’

The Theme Issue from the Royal Society on Ocean Acidificacion compiled and edited by Jasmin A Godbold and Piero Calosi will be available free of charge from next week and during the next six weeks.

With the title ’Ocean acidification and climate change: advances in ecology and evolution’, this Special Issue contains nine contributions that consider the effects of ocean acidification and climate warming, alone and in combination, on physiological and life-history responses, biotic interactions, community dynamics and ecosystem functioning over the (more…)

XPRIZE initative on Ocean Health launched

XPRIZE (www.xprize.org), the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, today announced the launch of its next major competition: the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. On the heels of the successful Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XCHALLENGE, the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE aims to spur global innovators to develop accurate and affordable ocean pH sensors that will ultimately transform our understanding of ocean acidification, one of the gravest problems associated with the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). (more…)

MedSeA mesocosm experiment in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea

A large scale mesocosm experiment focusing on the study of the simultaneous impact of warming and acidification on the planktonic food web is planned for late summer 2013. This experiment will take place between August 26th and September 20th2013 at the mesocosm facilities of HCMR in Crete, recently upgraded for this purpose.

Warming and acidification of the oceans are two major drivers of climate change. The impact of increased CO2 on the pelagic ecosystem has been recently studied in mesocosm experiments, however the simultaneous (more…)

XPRIZE foundation to offer new prize for ocean health

Join XPRIZE on 9th September 2013 at 7pm (BST) for an exciting live announcement that will have a significant impact on our ocean’s health.

Please click here to watch the announcement with speakers Wendy Schmidt (Schmidt Family Foundation), Dr. Peter Diamandis (Chairman & CEO, XPRIZE), Dr. Jan Lubchenco (NOAA) and Julia Roberson (Ocean Conservancy).

For more information about the XPRIZE please click here.


  The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 265103
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