1st Ocean Observers Workshop
13-14 June 2017, Océanopolis Aquarium, Brest

Context

The Ocean is one of the most important components of the climate system and observing the ocean is necessary to predict the climate evolution of our planet. In today’s society there is a need for a bigger effort to disseminate the importance of observing and preserving the ocean. Marine science vulgarization and outreach are becoming more and more important to raise awareness among the communities that a healthy ocean is vital for the well-being of generations to come.

The Ocean Observers workshop will bring together ocean scientists, educational authorities and teachers, marine communicators, sailing community and other stakeholders (public, policy-makers, and etc.), who are willing to share marine science educational resources and experiences for exploring the possibilities to establish new international collaborative activities. A key focus of the initiative is to gather and share experience on educational activities related to in situ ocean observations, to be able in the longer term, to assemble all educational materials in a unique repository under the UNESCO auspices. The repository, e.g. OceanTeacher Global Academy, will be free and will help to build a global ocean observations learning platform.

What is the global ocean circulation and how it impacts our life? Why do we observe the oceans? How do we do in situ measurements of physical and biogeochemical ocean properties? What educators, NGOs, public and private sectors worldwide do to explain and disseminate the importance of the in situ ocean observations? These are just a few of the questions that will be addressed through this interactive 2-day workshop.

Ocean Observers workshop is jointly organized by the Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology in-situ Observations Programme Support Centre (JCOMMOPS) and the European contribution to the Argo Program (EuroArgo ERIC), in collaboration with the Argo Project Office, the IOC/UNESCO and the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Office.

Workshop Motivations & Objectives

  • Marine science vulgarization and outreach are becoming more and more important to raise awareness among the communities that a healthy ocean is vital for the well-being of generations to come.
  • The existing outreach activities focused on in situ ocean observations are isolated and lack national and international visibility.
  • The Ocean Observers workshop attempts for the first time to bring together different actors involved in marine science outreach activities to:
    • do a review of the existing initiatives;
    • favor discussions and collaboration between people engaged in marine science outreach programmes;
    • give educators marine science information they could apply to their unique environments to raise awareness of the importance of the ocean for human life among school children and local communities;
    • engage “new” schools, educators and private associations in ocean observing outreach activities;
    • give scientists (researchers and PhD students tools and suggestions to share and make their results understandable by large public;
    • federate a community around a coordinated project.