Southern Ocean Decade & Polar Data Forum Week 2021

Online, 20 - 24 September 2021 An Ocean Of Opportunities

4 - A predicted ocean - Working Groups

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

The vast volume of the ocean is neither adequately mapped nor observed, nor is it fully understood. Exploration and understanding of key elements of the changing ocean including its physical, chemical and biological components and interactions with the atmosphere and cryosphere are essential, particularly under a changing climate. Such knowledge is required from the land-sea interface along the world’s coasts to the open ocean and from the surface to the deep ocean seabed. It needs to include past, current and future ocean conditions. More relevant and integrated understanding and accurate prediction of ocean ecosystems and their responses and interactions will underpin the implementation of ocean management that is dynamic and adaptive to a changing environment and changing uses of the ocean.

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  • Stuart Corney
    Stuart Corney is a senior lecturer in Oceans and Cryosphere at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. His research focuses on understanding the likely impacts of climate change on the Southern Ocean and how changes in the physical environment are likely to cause changes to the marine ecosystem of the region. He is particularly interested in understanding the relationship between the environment and population success of Antarctic krill.