Marine Newsletter #8 2013 – September

Highlights from the Marine Division at GRID-Arendal for September 2013

Featured Project

Sustainable Seas: SOME capacity building workshop
GRID-Arendal, UNEP and the Abidjan Convention are organising a workshop together on State of the Marine Environment (SOME) reporting. It will take place in Grand-Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, from 31 October to 3 November 2013.

The workshop will be based on a methodology for rapid ocean assessment. It will produce a regional assessment of the status of the marine environment for the region of the Guinea Current. It will also produce national level State of the Marine Environment reports for a pilot group consisting of five states – the Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

State of the Marine Environment reporting is one of the focus areas of GRID-Arendal's Sustainable Seas capacity development programme.

For more information, please contact Morten Sørensen or Wouter Rommens.

Data and Products

Report: Regional Scientific and Technical Capacity Building Workshop on the World Ocean Assessment 
The purpose of the workshop held in Bangkok (17-19 September, 2012), was to build capacity to undertake regional integrated marine assessments. A previous workshop, to support the United Nations World Ocean Assessment, held in Sanya City, China, identified a regional capacity gap in this area.

The workshop report is available here.

For more information, please contact Elaine Baker.

Deep Sea Minerals - Volume 1 A, B and C
Rising global demand for metals and developments in technology have recently renewed industry interest in exploring, and exploiting, deposits of deep sea minerals (‘DSM’). Volume 1A, B and C, Deep Sea Minerals: A physical, biological, environmental, and technical review, examine the geology and associated biology of the three principal deep sea mineral deposit types found in the Pacific Region. They also look at the environmental and technical aspects related to deep sea mineral extraction. 

The three volumes are available here.

For more information, please contact Elaine Baker.

Map of the Month

Glacial troughs of the Arctic
Glacial troughs are large depressions in the seafloor gouged out by the movement of glacial ice flows. These troughs are found in the high latitudes, and are especially concentrated in the Arctic and Antarctic.

This arctic view of the globe shows the large glacial troughs of the northern hemisphere. Glacial troughs have been mapped as part of the new Global Seafloor Geomorphic Map developed through a joint initiative between GRID-Arendal, Geoscience Australia and Conservation International.

Click on the image to view the full map.

For more information, please contact Miles Macmillan-Lawler.


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

  • Planning meeting of the Raet National Park project, Arendal, Norway, 11 September.
  • Meetings with UNEP-RONA (Regional Office for North America), The Ocean Foundation and other partners on the GEF Blue Forests Project as well as other Blue Carbon stakeholders, Washington D.C., USA, 11-13 September.
  • Meeting with the Institute of Marine Research, Flødevigen Research Station, Arendal, Norway, 12 September – discussing possible collaboration.
  • Workshop on marine national parks, Arendal, Norway, 16-17 September.
  • National Science Week, Kristiansand, Norway, 21 September – presenting GRID-Arendal's work at this public event, of which this year's theme is oceans and water.
  • Information and matchmaking event: Integrated Marine and Inland Water Management, Tallinn, Estonia, 23 September – discussing a proposal on benthic habitat mapping and development of habitat quality monitoring methods with the University of Tartu.

Upcoming events

30 September-1 October
Montego Bay, Jamaica: 15th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, hosted by the UNEP Caribbean Environment Programme Regional Coordination (CAR/RCU). This year the meeting will focus on partnerships with Multilateral Environment Agreements and other relevant UN agencies. In addition, the meeting will also discuss inputs from the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans into the Second Global Conference on Land - Ocean Connections (GLOC-2), scheduled to take place from 2 to 4 October 2013, at the same venue.

2-4 October
Montego Bay, Jamaica: Second Global Conference on Land - Ocean Connections (GLOC-2).

23 October
Online: Webinar on a New Global Seafloor Geomorphology Map and the Management of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, co-hosted by Open Channels. A partnership effort between Geoscience Australia, GRID- Arendal, and Conservation International has created a new global map of seafloor geomorphology. Seafloor geomorphology is useful for ocean management because different geomorphic features are commonly associated with particular suites of habitats and biological communities. Register for the webinar at

28-30 October
Grand-Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire: Regional (South Atlantic Ocean) Workshop in support of the World Ocean Assessment.

For more information, please contact Peter Harris.

29-31 October
Paris, France: Blue Carbon International Scientific Working Group meeting.
For more information, please contact Allison Bredbenner.

31 October-3 November
Grand-Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire: Abidjan Convention State of the Marine Environment capacity building workshop (see Featured Project).
For more information, please contact Morten Sørensen or Wouter Rommens.

Spotlight on Success

TEDx talk: Why is the Economy stupid?
Yannick Beaudoin, Head of GRID-Arendal's Marine Division, spoke at a recent TEDx event in Arendal. TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives. 

Watch Yannick's inspiring talk here.

For more information, please contact Yannick Beaudoin.


Did you know that...

...some of the largest ocean eddies on Earth are mathematically equivalent to the mysterious black holes of space?
Source: EurekAlert
...overfishing of sharks can degrade coral reefs? The removal of sharks from two remote reef systems led to a sharp decline in the number of fish that help keep coral healthy.
Source: The Guardian

Our favorite website of the month

The Ocean Cleanup

Disclaimer: GRID-Arendal does not necessarily endorse the content of external websites, and provides them for information purposes only. If you would like your website to be featured here, please contact Rannveig Nilsen.

EarthWire Marine

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Picture of the Month

Scientists and volunteers measuring carbon sequestration in mangroves as part of the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project.
Photo: Steven Lutz, GRID-Arendal.

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

Monday 30 Sep 2013