OceanPredict contribution to the UN Decade of Ocean Science
The vision of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) is the “science we need for the ocean we want”. The Ocean Decade is a convening framework for diverse stakeholders to co-design and co-deliver solution-oriented research needed for a well-functioning ocean in support of the 2030 Agenda. Capacity development, ocean literacy and the removal of barriers to full gender, generational, and geographic diversity are essential elements of the Decade.
OceanPredict is dedicated to contribute to the UN Decade of Ocean Science through two initiatives:
Our planet is a place of many natural wonders with the ocean being one of the largest, covering over 70% of the Earth’s surface. Most of human life is located along the continent’s coastlines, and people use the ocean in many different ways from fishing to transport, energy production and recreation.
However, our oceans are under threat from many different stressors, mostly man-made. We need to ensure the ocean’s protection and preservation for future generations and thus develop strategies for using the ocean in a sustainable manner.
Keeping the ocean healthy requires first and foremost knowledge of its status and workings. Understanding the ocean, monitoring and accurately describing and forecasting it provides valuable information, which properly communicated and distributed has many practical applications. It can provide solutions to reduce cross-ocean ship transit times, increase safety and efficiency of marine economic activity, better predict coastal impact of severe marine weather events, and provide insight into climate change impacts.
Additionally, the capacity to produce and distribute ocean information, can help counteract ocean ecosystem degradation, underpin renewable energy production from marine wind and ocean tides, better support sustainable fisheries, help increase effectiveness of government functions such as search and rescue, and marine regulations, to name but a few.