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An Ocean of Opportunity

16 September 2018 - 19 September 2018

An Ocean Opportunity
September 16-20, 2019
Location: Honolulu Convention Center, HI
For further information: www.oceanobs19.net
The organizers of OceanObs’19 are soliciting abstracts of Community White Papers describing aspirations for the coming decade from all interested groups. The Community White Papers should promote international collaboration and large-scale sustained ocean observing efforts, and address one or ideally more of the seven (anticipated) themes (Discovery, Ecosystem Health & Biodiversity, Climate Variability & Change, Water, Food, & Energy Security, Pollution & Human Health, Hazards & Maritime Safety, and Blue Economy) and two crosscutting themes on data information system and ocean observing governance topics.

Based on the contributed abstracts of Community White Papers, the OceanObs’19 Program Committee will solicit full Community White Papers to be submitted by end of September 2018. The Program Committee may recommend that authors of particular abstracts collaborate and merge the concepts described in separate abstracts to develop a joint Community White Paper. The papers will be peer-reviewed and published in an open access journal before the conference. 

We seek abstract contributions that provide solutions to build and enhance connections between end users and ocean observations in relation to one or more of the conference themes.  Additionally, abstracts should focus on (one or more of the following): 

  • Strategies to address social and economic needs including the development of the Blue Economy;
  • Emerging science concepts that require multidisciplinary sustained observations (i.e. biological, biogeochemical, physical, geological, social and economic, etc.);
  • The value of existing ocean observations and their potential relevance in an evolving ocean observing system;
  • The requirements for sustaining and enhancing ocean observing capabilities;
  • The development of new observing technologies and networks, including identification of new transformative directions for ocean observing;
  • Advances in open data, information technology, and governance systems;
  • Observational or observation-model synthesis;
  • The need for improved processes to better support research and operations;
  • Innovations in engagement with end-user communities.

The main goal of the conference will be to further develop effective strategies for a sustained, multidisciplinary and integrated ocean observing system, and to better connect user communities and observers. End user communities include operational users, national and local authorities as well as researchers, from the public and private sectors.  Engagement with international user communities can take diverse forms, including closer interaction to better target their needs for ocean observing networks and derived products while better informing management decisions. OceanObs’19 will continue the tradition of building the vision of ocean users and observers.

As part of the decadal conference series, OceanObs’19 will galvanize the ocean observing community ranging from scientists to end users. OceanObs’19 seeks to improve response to scientific and societal needs of a fit-for-purpose integrated ocean observing system, for better understanding the environment of the Earth, monitoring climate, and informing adaptation strategies as well as the sustainable use of ocean resources.
OceanObs’99 resulted in an internationally coordinated system for physical climate and ocean carbon observations. OceanObs’09 expanded the range of communities working together to undertake more comprehensive ocean observations and led to the Framework for Ocean Observing. OceanObs’19 will seek to advance these outcomes by extending its reach the full spectrum of ocean communities.
Expected Schedule
Dec 18, 2018:
Release of call for abstracts of Community White Papers
March 15, 2018:
Due date for abstract submission
March 15 – April 30, 2018:
Program Committee reviews and consolidates Community White Paper list
April 30, 2018:
Invitations to group authors for Community White Papers
September 30, 2018:
Community White Papers due
For any additional information, please reach out to info@oceanobs19.net or check out www.oceanobs19.net for up-to-date info! 


16 September 2018
19 September 2018
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