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IOC-UNESCO Report on Integrated Ocean Carbon Research released!
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May 2021,
No. 15

In This Issue

-IOC-R Report
-IMBeR 1st West Pacific Workshop
-UN Ocean Decade
-IMBeR SSC Meeting Closing Plenary
-Call for a Chair or co-Chairs for IMBeR SSC
-Events, Webinars and Conferences
-Jobs and Opportunities
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Integrated Ocean Carbon Research:
A Summary of Ocean Carbon Knowledge and a Vision for Coordinated Ocean Carbon Research (IOC-R)
and Observations for the Next Decade
该报告是 “联合国海洋科学促进可持续发展国际十年(2021—2030)”的一部分。(节选编辑自联合国教科文组织新闻稿)

In absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2), the oceans play a crucial role in regulating the climate, a role yet to be fully understood. However, the oceans’ ability to contribute to climate regulation may decline and even be reversed in the future. The oceans that are now the blue lungs of our planet, could end up contributing to global warming.
Integrated Ocean Carbon Research: A Summary of Ocean Carbon Knowledge and a Vision for Coordinated Ocean Carbon Research and Observations for the Next Decade, a report newly published by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) sets out to accomplish the vital task of studying the evolution of CO2 uptake. It presents a synthesis of the state of knowledge about the oceans’ role in the carbon cycle and points to the way ahead. Its objective is to provide decision-makers with the knowledge needed to develop climate change mitigation and adaptation policies for the coming decade.
The report highlights the role of the ocean since the industrial revolution as a sink for carbon generated by human activity. Indeed, without ocean and land sinks, atmospheric CO2 levels would be close to 600 ppm (parts per million), 50% higher than the 410 ppm recorded in 2019, which is already well above the agreed target of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius. But there is a danger that this process will be reversed. Instead of absorbing carbon, the oceans could contribute to the warming greenhouse effect of CO2 emissions. The IOC report thus examines available observations and research to determine whether the oceans will continue to “help” humanity or whether they will turn against it, making mitigation and adaptation to warming more difficult. The broader question is how humanity is altering the ocean carbon cycle, including through CO2 removal schemes, and how this impacts marine ecosystems.
In developing the report, the IOC brought together experts from the five international research and coordination programmes on ocean-climate interaction [the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP), the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research Project (IMBeR), the Surface Ocean – Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS), the Climate and Ocean Variability, Predictability and Change (CLIVAR) project and the Global Carbon Project (GCP)], which have been working together since 2018 in the IOC Working Group on Integrated Ocean Carbon Research (IOC-R). Together they propose an innovative joint programme of medium- and long-term integrated ocean carbon research to fill the gaps in this field. The report was developed as part of the ongoing UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). (Excerpted and edited from the UNESCO Press Release originally published)
Call for Abstracts for IMBeR IMBIZO6
IMBeR致力于促进跨学科的海洋研究和管理,进而更好地预测、适应和减缓全球变化对海洋可持续性的影响。第六届IMBIZO会议将展示目前正在全球范围内讨论和实施的 “活跃的”海洋可持续性解决方案。会议将设立三个主题不同但相互关联的研讨会。为了优化讨论,IMBIZO6的参会人数将被限制在120人左右(每个研讨会大约40人)。

IMBeR aims to promote and enable interdisciplinary marine research and governance to achieve improved prediction of, adaptation to and mitigation of global change towards ocean sustainability. Topics addressed during IMBIZO6 will showcase positive, ‘buoyant’ solutions for ocean sustainability currently being discussed and implemented around the world. We will follow the usual IMBIZO format of three distinct but interacting workshops. To optimize discussions, the number of IMBIZO6 participants will be limited to about 120 people (around 40 per workshop).

1.    探索气候干预的潜在海洋选择
2.    点亮“灰色地带”:我们如何将人类影响整合到十年尺度的预测系统中?
3.    海洋治理与气候适应:比对措施,规划未来发展方向

The workshop topics are:
1.    Exploring potential marine options for climate intervention
2.    Lighting the ‘grey zone’: how can we integrate human dimensions in decadal-scale prediction systems?
3.    Ocean governance and climate adaptation: comparing responses, charting future courses

欢迎于 6月30日 之前提交摘要!组委会将根据您提交的摘要与会议主题的相关程度进行筛选。

Plenary keynote presentations and poster sessions will enable you to learn about the work of participants in other workshops. More information about IMBIZO6 and each of the workshops is available here.
Attendees will be selected on the relevance of their abstracts to the workshop topic.
So, choose a workshop and submit an abstract by 30 June!
IMBeR is developing its West Pacific Workshop (virtually, late November to early December) – please stay tuned! 
United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
2021 IMBeR Scientific Steering Committee meeting successfully ended!

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