G7 Future of Seas and Oceans Initiative

G7 FSOI to support the International BGC-Argo Workshop

A global virtual workshop, The Global Biogeochemical Argo Fleet: From Knowledge to Action, will be held on May 4, 11, 18, 25, and June 1 to explore the applications of a global data-stream from the Biogeochemical-Argo array in fisheries, carbon budget verification, and environmental forecasting.

This workshop builds on the priorities expressed by the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative in the 2016 G7 Tsukuba Communiqué developed by the Science and Technology Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. Since 2016, the G7 FSOI has continued to emphasise the completion of the Biogeochemical Argo array as a common goal for joint action, and has mobilised commitments from G7 governments to support its implementation.

The workshop will bring together scientists, stakeholders, and representatives from implementing agencies and ministries to showcase recent contributions to complete the 1000 float array, building on the US grant for 500 new floats as well as recent commitments from other G7 countries including Japan, Canada, France and the UK. The workshop will highlight data and information products from the growing array and the potential of the programme for improved ocean management. The workshop will engage international partners beyond the G7 to build on this momentum and mobilise global commitments to complete and sustain the array.

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