Navigation Links
Watch your seas: Marine scientists call for European marine observatory network

Brussels, 16 September - More than 100 marine scientists, policy makers and members of industry unanimously call for action towards an integrated network of observatories monitoring Europe's seas, at the Marine Board-ESF Forum 'Towards a European Network of Marine Observatories'. This will give reliable, long-term data to underpin science and policy regarding the use of seas for fisheries, aquaculture, energy, shipping, as well as tourism and recreation.

"We should not take for granted the wealth and well-being provided by the seas and oceans" said Lars Horn from the Research Council of Norway and chair of the Marine Board. "This call needs to be heard by national and European decision makers and budget holders. Stable, long-term marine observations are essential so that we can interact with our marine environment in a sustainable way."

Participants in the Forum will adopt a joint vision for a European network of long-term marine observatories. A wide-range of issues related to marine observatories will be discussed: the role of observatories in providing marine knowledge, the technical challenges, the funding schemes and innovative governing structures needed.

Long-term sets of data from the marine environment would enable us to better understand ocean, earth and climate system processes. They are also critical for monitoring the scale and extent of environmental change which affects global society and economy. According to the European Commission, a 25% reduction in uncertainty about future sea-level rise alone could save 100 million annually in European coastal defences.

Professor Peter Haugan from the University of Bergen, Norway is moderating the discussions and will carry the message to the EurOCEAN 2010 Conference, a high level science policy event organised by the Belgian EU Presidency on 12-13 October 2010 in Ostend, Belgium. At this conference the European marine and maritime research community is expected to call on the Member and Associated States of the European Union and the EU institutions, to recognise that "The seas and oceans are one of the Grand Challenges for the 21st Century". A European network of long-term marine observatories for monitoring and research would provide an effective tool to address this challenge.


Contact: Chloe Kembery
European Science Foundation

Related biology news :

1. Scientists show theres nothing boring about watching paint dry
2. Study finds genes that keep watch on blood clotting time
3. If you take simvastatin to control cholesterol, watch out for infection says new report
4. Watching movies featuring characters who smoke negatively influences Mexican-American teens
5. Scientists watch as peptides control crystal growth with switches, throttles and brakes
6. Time in a bottle: Scientists watch evolution unfold
7. Team finds a better way to watch bacteria swim
8. Tumor suppressor pulls double shift as reprogramming watchdog
9. Europe and China watching Earth together
10. Scripps research scientists watch as individual alpha-synuclein proteins change shape
11. Issues Commentary for Investors of Homeland Defense Companies FOUR, MAGS, NSSC, PNTR, BCO, and CKP
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/6/2015)... Calif. , Oct. 6, 2015  Maverix ... today announced enhancements to its software portfolio with ... analysis kit for differential expression in eukaryotes. The ... which is a cloud-based genomic analysis solution that ... scientific discovery from next-generation sequencing efforts. ...
(Date:10/2/2015)... -- ) has announced ... Using Biometrics" report to their offering. ... of the "Enforcing the Law Using Biometrics" ... Research and Markets ( ) has announced ... Using Biometrics" report to their offering. ...
(Date:9/30/2015)... -- With nearly 300,000 Americans living with spinal cord injuries ... reach 12,500 annually, the role of Independent Living Centers ... Living (SCRS-IL) is increasingly important. SCRS-IL is one ... opening doors to independence for individuals with SCIs by ... technology services and education. "In serving people ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... InSphero AG , ... 3D cell culture models, has launched a 14 Day Hepatotoxicity Testing Service ... InSightâ„¢ Human Liver Microtissues. The service streamlines toxicity testing of compounds in ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... 2015 ARRY ), Avanex Life ... JUNO ), and Progenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PGNX ... Corp. (OTCQX: AVXLD), Juno Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: JUNO ... --> Cooperative research and development efforts with ... lead to advancements in the treatment of severe wounds. ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... , Oct. 13, 2015  According to ... services will reach $102 billion by the end ... of the health industry, as it is estimated ... result of laboratory tests. In addition to diagnosing ... to evaluate disease progression, monitor drug treatment and ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... Proove Biosciences, a ... their partnership with the Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California ... T.R.O.J.A.N. Study (Therapeutic Evaluation to Research Clinical Objectives Linking Genotypic and Phenotypic Association ...
Breaking Biology Technology: