G7 Future of Seas and Oceans Initiative

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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.

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NOAA’s supports establishing a globally operation Surface Ocean CO2 reference network

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has affirmed its support to establish a global operational surface ocean CO2 reference network. This one of the priority areas of the G7 FSOI and is a project being developed through the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP) with G7 FSOI support.

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International scientists signal missing ocean data in global climate policy

In a workshop convened by the Ocean Frontier Institute, international scientists raised alarm that global climate target calculations and derived climate policies are missing a critical variable: the impact of changing ocean carbon on the climate.

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Summary Report from G7 FSOI Working Group Meeting 2021

The G7 FSOI Coordination Centre has published a summary report from the June 2021 Working Group meeting that outlines the major actions to be taken forward jointly by the G7 countries and the European Union to enhance global ocean observations.

Ocean Observing Report card 2021
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Ocean Observing System Report Card 2021

This annual report provides a key insight into the status of the Global Ocean Observing System, assessing observing networks’ progress, focusing on what is needed to meet the challenges and demands for ocean information, and encouraging collaborations and new partners to join the ocean observing community.

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G7 FSOI Working Group meeting 2021

Over a 3-day series of virtual sessions from 28 to 30 June, the G7 FSOI Working Group discussed and agreed on the way forward with a set of joint G7 ocean actions including key activities from the G7 Ocean Navigation Plan, approved by the G7 Climate and Environment Ministers in May 2021.

G7 Summit Cornwall 2021
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Outcomes of G7 Summit for Ocean Action

At the Summit G7 leaders agreed a shared G7 Nature Compact, a key agreement to address the most urgent international and interconnected challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change. It also recognises the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and endorses the G7 Ocean Decade Navigation Plan.

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G7 adopt UN Ocean Decade Navigation Plan

The Navigation Plan marks the beginning of the G7’s commitment to and support for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). It also establishes a framework through which the G7 will collaborate and advance their collective work on ocean science, ocean observing and ocean action throughout the Ocean Decade.

G7 communique May 2021
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G7 Climate and Environment Ministerial: Ocean Action

The communiqué from the G7 ministerial highlights the G7’s support for the G7 FSOI’s programme of activities, including the sharing of best practices, working towards the development of a digital twin ocean and net zero oceanographic capability, and evaluating global ocean indicator frameworks.

Observing System (Action Area 1)

Launch of Global BGC-Argo Fleet Workshop

On 4 May, the G7 FSOI co-sponsored international workshop, ‘The Global Biogeochemical Argo Fleet: Knowledge to Action’ was launched, marking the beginning of a series of workshops that will highlight the latest scientific advances and showcase the range of applications possible from a global data-stream of the BGC-array.

Assessments and Reporting (Action Area 2)

Launch of Second World Ocean Assessment

21 April 2021 saw the launch of the Second World Ocean Assessment (WOA II), the major output of the second cycle of the UN Regular Process. The G7 FSOI is working to identify ways and means to strengthen the synergies between the ocean observing communities and the World Ocean Assessment.