The blue economy is the concept for sustainable use of ocean resources, aiming for economic growth, livelihoods improvement, and ocean ecosystem health. How can ocean observation contributes to successful blue economy models? What data are needed?

  • Extend the understanding obtained from the OECD survey on providers.

  • Map the economic value chain of ocean observing.

  • Build a repository of case studies demonstrating the value of Ocean Observing.

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Blue Economy and Sustainable Development

Ocean observations underpin the Blue Economy, yet most of the ocean remains unexplored and poorly sampled, due in part to lack of sufficient energy to power instruments and platforms. Marine energy from waves, tides, ocean currents, and thermal gradients is plentiful, reliable and, when integrated with ocean observing technologies, could reduce or eliminate many energy constraints. Join representatives from the US Government (including DOE, NOAA, and others) along with international experts from across the ocean observation and marine energy communities to discuss how recently announced research initiatives and energy innovation can lead to entirely new capabilities in ocean observation.

Overcoming power limitations in ocean observing could provide tremendous value by providing new data streams and enabling new capabilities: proactive monitoring; high res BGC data; gliders that run climatology lines; further discussion.

Reducing the timescale of design cycles is a major challenge for further innovation to integrate marine energy and observing platforms. Solutions include: linking communities; improving access to testing sites; more time for deep thinking.

Powering the Blue Economy: Energy Innovation for Ocean Observations

This special session will address nationally coordinated activities on end user engagement and how they interact with global ocean observations.

Improve coordination at and across different levels of ocean observing through enhanced dialogue with observers and users, for example through a consolidated network or portal.

Support tailored best practices for technological innovation, particularly at local and regional levels.

Create coordination/collaboration network or portal as a mechanism to facilitate regional, institutional, and thematic partnerships.