Southern Ocean Decade & Polar Data Forum Week 2021

Online, 20 - 24 September 2021 An Ocean Of Opportunities

Working Groups - Second Southern Ocean Decade Workshop

1 - A clean ocean

How to achieve - A clean ocean where sources of pollution are identified, reduced or removed... Read more

2 - A healthy and resilient ocean

How to achieve - A healthy and resilient ocean where marine ecosystems are understood and managed... Read more

3 - A productive ocean

How to achieve - A productive ocean supporting sustainable food supply and a sustainable ocean economy... Read more

4 - A predicted ocean

How to achieve - A predicted ocean where society understands and can respond to changing ocean conditions... Read more

5 - A safe ocean

How to achieve - A safe ocean where life and livelihoods are protected from ocean-related hazards... Read more

6 - An accessible ocean

How to achieve - An accessible ocean with open and equitable access to data, information and technology and innovation... Read more

7 - An inspiring and engaging ocean

How to achieve - An inspiring and engaging ocean where society understands and values the ocean in relation to human wellbeing and sustainable development... Read more

Cross-cutting themes

During the Southern Ocean process, multiple priorities and challenges for progress towards achieving the Ocean Decade’s vision were identified. Some of these are not unique to the Southern Ocean while some were considered as being cross-cutting in nature when considered by the Working Groups. This is because the Societal Outcomes of the Ocean Decade are all closely connected. Access to data and infrastructure (Outcome 6) is essential to successfully understand the current and future states of the Southern Ocean (Outcomes 2 and 4). Achieving these will allow informed decisions to be made in view of attaining a clean (Outcome 1), resilient (Outcome 2), and sustainably productive ocean (Outcome 3), all of which will ensure a safe ocean where fewer extreme events occur (Outcome 5) and where forecast systems allow for timely responses (Outcome 4). The success of all the above will steer the transition to the sustainable development of ocean activities by inciting behaviour change, engagement and innovation (Outcome 7), which will in turn influence the next generation to invest in ocean science.... Read more