Japanese-German Centre, Berlin
29 – 30 November 2022
The G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative (G7 FSOI) working group meeting was held from 29-30 November 2022 under the German G7 Presidency. Created by the G7 in 2016, the FSOI Working Group unites marine scientists and representatives from government agencies and ministries across the G7 and the European Commission to enhance the global ocean observing system that provides ocean data required for the health of our seas and oceans, for weather and climate forecasting, and for the development of a sustainable Blue Economy.
The meeting was held in the premises of the Japanese-German Centre Berlin in honor of the upcoming G7 Presidency of Japan. The first day of the meeting discussed the ocean-climate-biodiversity nexus with sessions on progress and new findings related to Digital Twins of the Ocean and new frontiers of ocean observation. Day two put a special focus on evaluating the current structure and G7 FSOI´s main priority areas. High-level speakers from G7 and European Commission were invited to give impetus for further development. Fruitful discussions paved the way for a strong alliance with focus (inter alia) on improving knowledge of the ocean’s ability to uptake and store carbon, including the biological carbon pump, and biological data as well as on improving scientific information for decision-makers.
This Working Group meeting was organised and financed by the Konsortium Deutsche Meeresforschung e.V. (German Marine Research Consortium) in agreement with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the G7 FSOI Coordination Centre.