Projects & Activities

The goal of the Blue Carbon Project is to promote the sustainable management of coastal ecosystems that store carbon through approaches focused on climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable tourism, the recognition and valuation of coastal ecosystem services, and sustainable management practices.

Building marine science capacity by bringing together senior researchers and young local scholars to address marine science issues of direct interest to their region. At present the University of the Sea operates in the Asia Pacific region but there are plans to increase the geographical scope to include an African component – so stay tuned! Students spend up to four weeks living and working together, immersed in an environment of scientific discovery. 
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The objective of the Global Ocean Habitats project is to contribute to the conservation of marine biodiversity by utilising geomorphological data to identify and characterise global marine benthic habitats. Linking these habitats to marine ecosystems provides a mechanism for mapping the ecological geography of the ocean floor. The goal of the project is to produce an atlas of marine geomorphology that can be used to support the identification of a representative system of Marine Protected Areas - especially in the high seas area where there is currently a scarcity of data and information.
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GRID-Arendal’s Sustainable Seas capacity development programme aims to contribute to the development of relevant products and tools for Integrated Marine Management as well as the support of processes such as regional marine assessments, marine spatial planning and marine environmental indicator implementation.

Assisting developing states complete their activities required to establish the outer limits of their continental shelves according to Arcticle 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
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Contact person: Joan Fabres, Continental Shelf Programme Coordinator.

The Outlook seeks to bridge the gap between the science, research and development activities related to this potential large scale unconventional source of natural gas and the needs of decision makers and the general public to understand the underlying societal and environmental drivers and impacts. It aims to provide credible and unbiased information sourced from stakeholders representing the environment, government, industry and society, and give a multi-thematic overview of the key aspects of the current methane hydrate debate for both the land-based Arctic deposits and those in the marine environment.

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Contact person: Yannick Beaudoin.

Initially developed to assist coastal states delineate their outer limits of the continental shelves, the marine programme continuously seeks to further the development of the data shop and strengthen new partnerships to improve data access and the use of data.
For more information please visit One Stop Data Shop
Contact person: Yannick Beaudoin, One Stop Data Shop Manager.

Marine and coastal biodiversity conservation and sustainable use has been identified as one of the priorities for action under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). BLUE SOLUTIONS aspires to generate public, private sector and political will to invest in processes to support and reach marine and coastal biodiversity targets.

This planning tool will bring together, under a consolidated standard based framework, information necessary for undertaking comprehensive marine planning in the Pacific region.

This UN programme, previously known as the “Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects”, will carry out a global review of marine assessments and report to the General Assembly by the end of 2014. The World Ocean Assessment website has been designed and built by GRID-Arendal, with financial and in-kind support provided by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the Australian Government, UNEP and GRID-Arendal.

GRID-Arendal is contributing to the European Commission’s European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) to improve access to high quality marine data for private bodies, public authorities and researchers.

OCEANIDS seeks to make relevant interdisciplinary and multithematic public marine data searchable, accessible and meaningful to users. It combines the development of an ease-of-use web platform with GRID-Arendal’s marine capacity building activities and initiatives.

The Marine Programme is regularly involved in the production of publications, such as ”Rapid Response Assessments”, and publications for GRID-Arendal’s ”Vital Graphics Series”.
Contact person: Yannick Beaudoin, Head of the Marine Programme