The G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Coordination Centre is a distributed coordination group charged with the scientific and technical implementation of the initiative under the guidance of the G7 FSOI National Focal Points and Working Group.
The European Union (EU) through the EU4OceanObs Action, provides support for the G7 FSOI Coordination Centre to provide overall assistance to the Co-Chairs and Working Group and to maintain the G7 FSOI website.
All G7 Members have nominated representatives to co-lead or participate in developing and implementing the Working Group dialogues on priority topics of the FSOI work plan. The names of the topic coordinators will be finalised in late May 2023.
The EU and the UK provide some staff support for the Working Group meetings, development of reports and work plans, and liaison with G7 Presidency planning including provision of briefings.
The UK G7 FSOI coordination support
National Oceanography Centre
EU G7 FSOI
Mercator Ocean International
Dr. Maria Hood serves as the Head of the EU Coordination of the G7 FSOI Coordination Centre and is the head of the G7 FSOI coordination action for the EU4OceanObs Project. Hosted by Mercator Ocean International, EU4OceanObs works to strengthen international ocean governance to enhance the collection, sharing and use of ocean data in response to environmental and societal challenges. Maria has a Ph.D. in Marine Geochemistry and more than 15 years of experience coordinating international ocean science and observing system programmes for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and the World Meteorological Organisation, including the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project, the IOC’s ocean acidification activities, and the GCOS-GOOS-WCRP Ocean Observations Panel for Physics and Climate. Maria holds American and French citizenship.