Marine Newsletter #11 – October 2010

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

1. Featured Project

ROCK BOTTOM: Global Outlook on Benthic Ecosystems
GRID-Arendal is coordinating the production of a report that highlights why we need to understand and consider the importance of benthic ecosystems – this world underwater visited by so few of us. Developed through a network of marine researchers from around the world, the Global Outlook on Benthic Ecosystems aims to provide a multi-thematic overview on some of the key aspects shaping current debates on the management of our oceans. Spanning a range of themes that include the description of seascapes, the need to conserve marine biodiversity, the development of marine resources, benthic habitat mapping for management, and legal regimes – this Outlook will become an important tool for an ecosystem-based approach to the spatial management of the seabed. Although based on the work of the scientific community, the style and language will be designed for non-experts. The publication is expected to be completed in 2011/2012.
For more information, please contact Elaine Baker

2. Data and Products

Sick Water? among the finalists in the Digital Magazine Awards 2010
The Rapid Response Assessment report Sick water? The central role of wastewater management in sustainable development was one of 10 finalists in the Digital Magazine Awards 2010 for News & Business Magazine of the Year. The Digital Magazine Awards 2010 are global awards to showcase the best digital magazines and recognise the most influential people in digital publishing today. Although the publication did not end up among the winners, this is an important tribute to GRID-Arendal's work.
The publication is available online here.

For more information, please contact Janet F. Skaalvik

3. Events

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

  • Eurocean 2010 Conference, Oostende, Belgium, 12-13 October – discussing future priorities for European marine research.
  • SOPAC (Pacific Islands Applied GeoScience Commission) Program Monitoring and Evaluation Group Meeting, Fiji, 12-15 October – reviewing work program of the Oceans and Islands division of SOPAC.
  • STAR (SOPAC's Science, Technology and Resources Network) Conference, Fiji, 16-18 October – marine mapping.
  • EMODNET (European Marine Observation and Data Network) Meeting, Geozur, France, 21-22 October – status of the EMODNET project, actions points for the following months.

Upcoming events

2-4 November
San Diego, California, USA: IUCN/NRDC Workshop to Identify Ecologically Important and Vulnerable Marine Areas.
For more information, please contact Peter Prokosch.

4. Other

Did you know that…
...oceanographers are using data collected by elephant seals to improve their map of the seafloor on Antarctica's continental shelf?
...scientists have discovered a new species of snailfish living at 7,000 metres depth in the Peru-Chile trench of the South East Pacific Ocean?
Source: The Independent

Our favorite website of the month

World Ocean Observatory

If you would like your website to be featured here, please contact Rannveig Nilsen.

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For previous editions of this Marine Newsletter, please visit our Marine Programme website.

Monday 01 Nov 2010