Ocean observations at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh

The expertise and framework to use ocean knowledge to tackle climate change are here. The time to act is now. This year at COP27 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, GOOS is advocating for:

  • A common, reportable goal on ocean observation for nations through UNFCCC
  • Coordinated investments in the co-design approach

Download our flyer for COP27 here and take a look at the list of side events featuring GOOS!

Side events on ocean observing, featuring GOOS (all times listed in local Egypt time / GMT+2):

  • Investing in ocean observation to meet climate targets: the importance of deep blue carbon

    When: November 8 | 10:15 – 11:15 
    Where: Canada Pavillion

    Organized by: Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI)
    Moderator: Anya Waite (CEO at OFI, GOOS Co-Chair)
    GOOS Panelists: Toste Tanhua (GOOS Co-Chair)

    This panel-style event will focus on the need to invest in ocean observation to meet urgent climate targets. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with panelists.
  • Earth Information Day 

    When: November 9 | 10:00 – 12:55
    Where: Blue Zone

    Organized by: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
    Moderator: Anya Waite (CEO at OFI, GOOS Co-Chair)
    GOOS Panelists: Toste Tanhua (GOOS Co-Chair)

    The systematic observation community has a vital but undervalued role in supporting the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement. Understanding, monitoring and prediction of weather and climate ultimately relies on observations. Systematic observation is therefore the foundation of a climate services value chain that connects observations to decision making to both understand climate change and support decisions on climate change action and sustainable development. Through this value chain, systematic observations provide the data that underpins climate models, forecasts on various timescales, tailored products and services, and early warning systems.
  • Ocean Science for Climate Action in the framework of the Ocean Decade

    When: November 10 | 10:30 – 12:00
    Where: Ocean Pavillion

    Organized by: UN Ocean Decade
    Featuring GOOS Ocean Decade programmes

    Key conclusions of the first Ocean Climate Dialogue held in June 2022 included strong recognition of the fact that a whole of society approach is needed for ocean-climate action and governance, and that available science and knowledge need to be used and improved to achieve action. This event will provide a space for discussion of the importance of the science-policy-society interface to translate ocean science to effective climate action. It will explore key gaps and challenges and provide examples of innovative solutions that are underway via the Ocean Decade.
  • Ocean observations for climate change: From local observations to a global system

    When: November 10 | 16:30 – 18:00 
    Where: Ocean Pavillion

    Organized by: GOOS and Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO)
    Moderator: Albert Fischer (GOOS Office Director)
    GOOS Panelists: Anya Waite (CEO at OFI, GOOS Co-Chair), Sabrina Speich (GOOS Physics Panel Co-Chair)

    Our vision to build the global ocean observing system is a bold, urgent, and achievable step that we can take to mitigate and adapt to climate change. It is the only way to truly understand whether and for how long the ocean will absorb carbon, and thus protect the planet from the disastrous effects of climate change. We will present a variety of perspectives on ocean observing, from coastal to open ocean and from high latitudes to the tropics and discuss collaboration towards our common vision.
  • 2022 GCOS Implementation Plan

    When: November 11 | 12:15 – 13:15
    Where: Science for Climate Action Pavillion

    Organized by: World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Global Climate Observing System (GCOS)
    GOOS Panelists: Albert Fischer (GOOS Office Director), Sabrina Speich (GOOS Physics Panel Co-Chair)

    The 2022 GCOS Implementation Plan will be presented. The session will highlight the priority activities that need to be undertaken in the next 5-10 years to improve the observing system and the major implementers which will be responsible for their implementation.
  • Blue carbon: the ocean’s role in fighting climate change

    When: November 11 | 15:00 – 16:00
    Where: Ocean Pavillion

    Organized by: National Oceanography Centre
    GOOS Panelists: Anya Waite (CEO at OFI, GOOS Co-Chair)

    There is no climate solution without the ocean, and research will help us to continue to understand and harness the ocean’s unique contribution. The term “blue carbon” may be used holistically to refer to the uptake and storage of carbon dioxide in marine systems by physical, chemical and biological ocean processes – from the coast to the deep ocean. Blue carbon approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation are being discussed more and more by policy-makers and this event aims to ensure that policy is driven by science, delivering the climate change impacts we all need.
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