• Launch, design, and build a Marine Renewable Energy competition in the summer of 2020.

  • Develop a commercialization pathway in marine renewables which is relevant for end-users.
  • Host a special session on Marine Renewable Energy at the IEEE Oceans Fall 2020 Conference.

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Building an International Transparent Ocean Community

The special session is hosted by National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (QNLM) and co-hosted by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and Center for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research (CSHOR). One of the “societal outcomes” of the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences is “transparent and accessible ocean” through observations, understanding and modelling, leading to a “predicted ocean”, whereby all nations, stakeholders and citizens have access to ocean data and information, technologies, and have the capacities to inform their decisions. This session focuses on how we may best build a global “transparent ocean” community by entraining contribution from more nations to innovation of observing technologies, to building a cost-effective global observing system, and to data-sharing. Another focus of the session is on whether there is need for “between-decadal” conferences in the era of artificial intelligence and deep machine learning, to respond in a timely fashion to scientific and societal needs arising within the UN ocean decade and beyond.

Transparent Ocean Initiative will greatly contribute to the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development by providing vital information relevant to the development goals.

It is essential to integrate observations, process studies and prediction/projection, so as to meet multiple demands of end users.

Strengthened effort is needed to meet challenges of effective communication between science and research community and the general public.

Capacity Building

The goal of this session is to make a recommendation to the ocean community on a common strategy that brings together various strands of capacity development for ocean observing, decision making, conservation, and sustainable use across the globe, with an emphasis on SIDS and developing countries. The session will begin with a small number of “lightning talks” on strategies for breaking down barriers to capacity development, and will then turn to participation from the audience to further explore capacity development methods, challenges, and successes. We are keen to have participation from a wide variety of stakeholders, including a healthy mixture of younger and older stakeholders, as well as industry partners, decision makers, conservation and sustainability experts, and ocean scientists.

Create a community of practice for those working in capacity development to share resources, catalogue existing efforts, create a unified agenda and funding request, obtain funding, and ensure sustainability of efforts.

Align efforts with community needs and realities – make sure training matches available equipment, create regionally specific best practices including for import/procurement of equipment, ensure easy and sustainable maintenance.

Create venues and opportunities for dialogue about capacity development between scientists, high level decision makers, local implementors, and other stakeholders.

Capacity Building Prospectus

Writing in Process; First draft to presented at Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020.

Powering the Blue Economy: Energy Innovation for Ocean Observations

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.