Marine Newsletter #10 2013 – November

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

Featured Project

EMODnet Hydrography Portal
The EMODnet Hydrography portal is one of seven portals developed for the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet). The portal's objectives are to fill in the gaps of the EU’s low-resolution bathymetry map and to assemble a complete inventory of high resolution seabed mapping data held by public and private bodies.

The third phase of the EMODnet Hydrography project was launched at a kick-off meeting in Lisbon earlier this year and brings together 24 partner organisations from throughout Europe. In this third phase of the project GRID-Arendal will be coordinating the production of a high resolution digital terrain model (DTM) for the Norwegian Sea.

GRID-Arendal will work with data partners from countries bordering the Norwegian Sea to collate the existing bathymetric information, standardised metadata, and produce a high resolution DTM. The finished product will have application for maritime management, marine research and industry. Together with the high resolution DTMs for other European waters the new Norwegian Sea DTM will be available from the EMODnet Hydrography Portal.

For more information, please contact Miles Macmillan-Lawler.

Map of the Month

Global Blue Carbon
This map depicts the global distribution of mangroves and seagrasses, two Blue Carbon ecosystems. This information is overlaid with the locations of global Blue Carbon activities that include field research, project development, and project implementation.

Project activities are set in mangrove, seagrass, and salt marsh ecosystems. Note that currently, data for the global distribution of salt marsh ecosystems is unavailable.

Click on the image to view the full map.

For more information, please contact Allison Bredbenner or Steven Lutz.


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

  • Regional workshop: The valuation of marine and coastal ecosystem services in the Baltic Sea, Stockholm, Sweden, 7-8 November – presenting the TEEB for Oceans and Coasts initiative.
  • Marine Symposium with guests from Flødevigen Research Station/Institute of Marine Research, Arendal, Norway, 15 November – exchanging information about ongoing projects and activities.
  • Opening of the "Portraits of Resilience" photo exhibition at the State Ethnographic Museum, Warsaw, Poland, 18 November – side event at the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC.
  • Commonwealth-SOPAC Pacific Oceans Governance and Boundaries working session, Sydney, Australia, 26 November-3 December – Pacific Island States developing modern legislative frameworks for the definition of territorial sea baselines and other maritime zones.

Upcoming events

5 December
Washington D.C., USA: Blue Solutions Workshop. As part of the Blue Solutions project, the workshop is bringing together a group of experts in ecosystem based management (EBM), ecosystem service valuation, development planning and capacity building, to exchange experiences, map current initiatives, and identify gaps and opportunities for strengthening the uptake of ecosystem service valuation in marine and coastal environment decision making processes. 
For more information, please contact Christian Neumann.

9 December
Suva, Fiji: Launch of the report Deep Sea Minerals: A physical, biological, environmental, and technical review.
For more information, please contact Elaine Baker.

9-13 December
San Fransisco, USA: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. GRID-Arendal will give a presentation entitled "The UNEP Shelf Programme: Highlighting efforts in West Africa and the Pacific Islands" at the Frontier Science from Extended Continental Shelf Studies II Poster Session, and another called "Global Seafloor Geomorphic Features Map: Applications for Ocean Conservation and Management" at the Sustainable Oceans II Poster Session.
For more information, please contact Peter Harris.

Spotlight on Success

Many Strong Voices on the list of top ten climate campaigns
In connection with the climate talks in Warsaw, The Guardian, with input from readers, has made a list of the ten climate campaigns that have "packed the biggest punch". No. 6 on the list is Many Strong Voices, which brings together the peoples of the Arctic and Small Island Developing States to meet the challenges of climate change.

For more information, please contact John Crump.


Did you know that...

...thanks to their peculiar snouts, which are shaped to create very few ripples in the water, seahorses are able to creep up and pounce on tiny crustaceans? This makes them ferocious and ingenious predators, a new study has found.
Source: BBC News
...England has named 27 new marine conservation zones? The 27 zones cover 9,700 kilometres squared from the Aln estuary in the north-east to Beachy Head and Chesil Beach in the south and Padstow Bay and the Scilly Isles in the south-west.
Source: The Guardian

Our favorite website of the month

EurekAlert Marine Science Portal

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

Mr David Natogga at the Pacific Maritime Boundaries and Ocean Governance working session, putting the finishing touches on the last of the Solomon Islands' submissions for extended continental shelf.
Photo: Sheena Luankon

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

Tuesday 03 Dec 2013