G7 Future of Seas and Oceans Initiative

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G7 Science Ministers’ Communiqué

The G7 Ministers of Climate, Energy and the Environment, met on 26–27 May 2022 in Berlin to address the multiple crises that are endangering our climate and environment and causing severe impacts on the planet, lives and livelihoods, and the next generations’ needs around the world.

Observing System (Action Area 1)

SOCAT 2022 release: Over 40 million surface ocean carbon dioxide measurements available

SOCAT version 2022 main synthesis and gridded products contain quality-controlled in situ surface ocean fCO2 (fugacity of CO2) observations. Thanks to measurements made on ships, moorings, autonomous and drifting surface platforms, the observations cover the global ocean and coastal seas from 1957 to 2021.

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G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers’ Communiqué and Ocean Deal

The G7 Ministers of Climate, Energy and the Environment, met on 26–27 May 2022 in Berlin to address the multiple crises that are endangering our climate and environment and causing severe impacts on the planet, lives and livelihoods, and the next generations’ needs around the world.

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Highlights from the Digital Twins of the Ocean Summit May 2022

The two-day Summit explored progress in the development of Digital Twins of the Ocean capability, considered their requirements for infrastructure, described potential applications and defined a path forward.

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1st meeting of G7 FSOI resource strategy group: towards a global Biogeochemical Argo array 2030

On 28-29 March 2022, more than 30 experts and government representatives from the G7 met to discuss ways and means to support the implementation of a global Biogeochemical Argo Array by 2030.

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G7 Science Group prioritises impact of climate change on polar regions and oceans

Under Germany’s G7 Presidency, the Science7 group (S7) is the G7 platform for dialogue with the international science academies. The S7’s priorities in 2022 includes the impact of climate change on polar regions and oceans.

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G7 Ocean Decade Navigation Plan Workshop Report

Hosted by the UK Government in December 2021, the workshop served to discuss G7 national priority actions for the Ocean Decade, areas where the G7 might add unique value to ocean science and actions of the Decade, and how the coordination structures of the Ocean Decade and the G7 might cooperate to take this forward

This illustration of the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) float system depicts trajectories of floats deployed from a ship as well as the communication of float data back to land via satellites. Credit: SOCCOM Project, Princeton University
Observing System (Action Area 1)

A Global Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory Becomes a Reality

Building on the successful Argo network of seafaring temperature and salinity sensors, work is underway to deploy 1,000 floats equipped to study ocean biogeochemistry in greater detail than ever. Beyond serving needs for basic research and science advances, real-time observations from BGC-Argo will also inform a diverse range of stakeholders and facilitate solutions for sustainable ocean management.

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German G7 Presidency 2022

With the overarching objective “Progress towards an equitable world”, Germany aims to use its Presidency to strengthen the G7 as a community of values that can work together to make progress with regard to multilateral cooperation, social cohesion and key global challenges.

Observing System (Action Area 1)

First planning meeting of the Surface Ocean CO2 Monitoring Strategy

Co-hosted by the G7 FSOI Coordination Centre and the IOCCP/ GOOS Biogeochemistry Panel, the meeting discussed the scope of the strategy, including engagement with users from multiple sectors, observing requirements, existing capacity, data management, synthesis and product development.

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Observing System (Action Area 1)

G7 FSOI and IOCCP launch development of a Surface Ocean CO2 Monitoring Strategy

On 25 November 2021, the G7 FSOI Coordination Centre hosted a one-day workshop jointly with the 16th Session of the Scientific Steering Committee of the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP) to launch the activity “A Global Surface Ocean CO2 Monitoring Strategy“.

GOOS COP26 Climate Brief 2021
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GOOS at the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)

The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) presented its ocean-climate priorities at the 26th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland. Co-chair Anya Waite (Ocean Frontiers Institute) presented GOOS priorities in the science pavilion as part of the GCOS Status Report and the Earth Information Day.