Events

Southern Ocean Decade & Polar Data Forum Week 2021

20.09.2021 - 24.09.2021

2nd Southern Ocean Regional Workshop

In the framework of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the Southern Ocean Community engaged in a stakeholder-oriented process to develop the Southern Ocean Action Plan. This Action Plan will provide a framework for Southern Ocean stakeholders to formulate and develop concrete activities that support the Decade vision.

Following a successful First Southern Ocean Regional Workshop held in San Diego, CA, USA in early 2020, the Southern Ocean Task Force is pleased to announce that the 2nd Southern Ocean Regional Workshop will be co-hosted by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) and the European Polar Board (EPB) and held online from September 20th to 22th, 2021.

The workshop will be co-organized with regional partners including the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS), the ICED Programme, the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Programme, and many other organizations engaged in polar activities.

The development process of the Southern Ocean Action Plan aims to engage a broad community spanning from the scientific research community to the business and industry sector, and governance and management bodies. Through this combined effort, we will identify synergies in priorities over the next decade and identify tangible actions and deliverables to achieve these priorities as a community.

Based on the first workshop, this 2nd volume of the Southern Ocean contribution to the UN Ocean Decade will combine a conference style meeting in support of knowledge exchange, with a public consultation approach that will build up to the development of the Final Southern Ocean Action Plan for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

For all information relevant to the Southern Ocean UN Decade, see SOdecade.

Polar Data Forum IV

Polar Data Forum (PDF) is a place where polar data holders get together and make more use of data. The Forum has two main components: the Conference, where the border between funding, policy and data is explored through presentations and posters; and Workshop Sessions & Hackathons, where the Polar Data Community opens the dialogue to make progress on their shared objectives.

After a long period of uncertainty due to the current Covid-19 crisis, we are pleased to announce that Polar Data Forum IV (PDF IV) will be co-hosted by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) and the European Polar Board (EPB) and held online from September 20th to 24th, 2021.

The meeting will be co-organized with regional partners including the Southern Ocean Observing System, Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management, the World Data System, EuroGOOS, and many other organizations engaged in polar data management.

Based on the activities and discussions from PDF III, and particularly, on a workshop focused on marine data, the focus of PDF IV will be put on the polar oceans. This also enables the Forum to be aligned with the launch of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

PDF IV will consist of a series of workshops and hackathons from September 20th to 22nd to build on the development work done during previous meetings, followed by a 2-day plenary conference to be held from September 23rd to 24th in support of information exchange.

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