Marine Newsletter #7 – May 2010

Highlights from the Marine Programme at GRID-Arendal for May 2010

1. Featured Project

Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP)
GRID-Arendal is an institutional partner in the GEF medium-sized project Development of methodologies and arrangements for the Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP). This project considers five transboundary water systems (groundwater; lakes/reservoirs; river basins; Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs); and open ocean areas), and aims to develop: (i) a partnership among organisations; (ii) the methodology for assessment /results tracking for each of the five categories of transboundary water systems; and (iii) the arrangements needed to conduct a baseline transboundary waters assessment that may be conducted following completion of the medium-sized project. The second and final meetings for the LME and Open Ocean Working Groups will be held in Arendal the 21-25 June. 

For more information, please contact Joan Fabres

2. Events

Recent events
Seminars/meetings/conferences related to the marine environment where representatives from GRID-Arendal have participated:

  • The Circum Pacific Council board meeting, Wellington, New Zealand, 1-3 May – presenting a number of projects including the University of the Sea and the Pacific marine mining project.
  • The annual GEOHAB (Marine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping) conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 3-7 May – co-hosting a special conference session with Geosciences Australia, entitled GEOHAB Atlas of seafloor geomorphic features and benthic habitats.
  • The 5th Global Oceans Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, Paris, France, 3-7 May - hosted by the government of France and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic commission, UNESCO.
  • The European Geophysical Union’s Annual Conference, Vienna, Austria, 3-7 May - attending sessions on methane gas hydrates, and discussing potential contributions from possible content providers for the Global Outlook on Methane Gas Hydrates.
  • The Fourteenth Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical, and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Nairobi, Kenya, 19-21 May - attending the side event "Sustainable Marine Ecosystems through Informed Policies".

Upcoming events

31 May-4 June
Dinard, France: Workshop on the Design of Marine Protected Areas for Hydrothermal-Vent and Cold-Seep Ecosystems Potentially Threatened by Human Activities in the Deep Sea.

For more information, please contact Yannick Beaudoin

3-4 June
Tromsø, Norway: Arctic Energy Conference.

For more information, please contact Kristina Thygesen

21-25 June
Arendal, Norway: GRID-Arendal hosts the second meetings of two of the working groups of the Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme: the Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) working group and the Open Ocean (OO) working group.

For more information, please contact Joan Fabres

4. Other

Did you know that…
…six new species of invertebrates have been discovered in the Antarctic? Two polyp species stand out for the number, shape and layout of the scales of calcium carbonate that cover the polyps, and for the type of ramification of the colonies.
Source: Eurekalert:
…scientists have developed a methodology to detect the influence of discharges from open water fish farms on marine ecosystems? With this methodology, coastal managers can select areas which are suitable for aquaculture under ecological criteria, in order to establish a safe distance between the farm and the sensitive ecosystem.
Source: Science Daily:

Our favorite website of the month

World Ocean Council:

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Monday 24 May 2010