G7 Future of Seas and Ocean Initiative

The G7 Future of the Seas and Ocean 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 project, 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.

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

Southampton, UK

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Dr. Katherine (Katy) Hill serves as the Lead Scientist, UK Global Ocean Observing and UK Coordination lead for the G7 FSOI. As Lead Scientist for Ocean Research Infrastructure at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), leads the coordination and strategic planning of major ocean observing and ocean research infrastructure activities. Internationally, Katy serves Vice-Chair of the WMO Advisory Group on Ocean, and a member of the UN Ocean Decade Data Coordination Group. She has spent much of her career dedicated to the development and implementation of sustained observing systems with over 15 years working at national, regional, international levels. Prior to this role, Katy worked for the Global Climate Observing System and the Global Ocean Observing System based at the World Meteorological Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland, establishing projects such as the Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS 2020) project. Katy previously worked for Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System in its formative years and oversaw the science planning and scientific delivery of the observing system. Prior to this, she worked for the International CLIVAR Project Office in the UK. Katy studied in in the UK, Canada and Australia, culminating in a Ph.D. in Quantitative Marine Sciences. Katy holds UK and Australian citizenship.

EU G7 FSOI
coordination support
Mercator Ocean International

Toulouse, France

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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.

EU G7 FSOI
coordination support
Mercator Ocean International

Toulouse, France

Maria Grigoratou
Dr. Maria Grigoratou is a science officer part of the EU coordination action of the G7 FSOI, supported by the EU4OceanObs/ Mercator Ocean International, and she leads G7 FSOI EU actions on marine life augmented observations. Maria is a biological oceanographer and has combined field, lab, and modelling approaches to deliver a mechanistic understanding of ecosystem dynamics and carbon flow in a changing environment. She is an active member of the scientific community with experience in organising thematic workshops on a national and international scale, and works with the scientific community (e.g., GOOS BioEco panel, MBON, Ocean Decade programmes, EU HORIZON R&D projects) to identify observing and modelling priorities for the G7 action on Augmented Marine Life Observing and Forecasting Capacity. Maria holds Greek citizenship.