Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO); Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA; Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), USA; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA; Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy; Marine Biological Association, UK; AtlantECO (EU project); Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
While real-time data acquisition tools exist for physical and chemical ocean parameters at global scale, there is no equivalent unified global surveillance of life in the ocean. Biological observations at appropriate phylogenetic, temporal and spatial scales are necessary to understand the impacts of ocean health decline and ensure sustainable development. We will, through the global network that the UN Decade-endorsed programme Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON) is striving to develop, address knowledge gaps with finer-scale biological observations from methodologies based on the DNA blueprint, universal to life on Earth. Several recent demonstrations have validated biomolecular methodologies for fisheries management, conservation (e.g., threatened species, marine protected area design), aquaculture, biogeography and exploration, while enabling fast and inexpensive infectious disease analyses. Our vision, a global marine life surveillance program, builds on successes of these and other biomolecular research programs, enabling broadscale science-based sustainable development.
OBON will be inviting a number of relevant projects to give a brief overview of how biomolecular observations are being used to develop our understanding of the world’s ocean ecosystems and support their conservation and management.
Side Event Programme:
18.00-18.05 Introduction to OBON by Margaret Leinen
18.05-18.10 Atlantic Ecosystem Assessment by Daniele Iudicone
18.10-18.15 European Marine Omics Biodiversity by Nicolas Pade
18.15-18.20 WCO Biomolecular Observing Network by Willie Wilson
18.20-18.25 Naples Ecological Research Augmented Observatory by Raffaella Casotti
18.25-18.30 Pacific eDNA Coastal Observatory by Jennifer Sunday
18.30-18.35 Scripps Ecological Observatory by Jeff Bowman
18.35-18.40 Hakai Institute Biomolecular Observing Network by Colleen Kellogg/ Matt Lemay
18.40-18.45 Better Biomolecular Ocean Practices by Kathleen Pitz
18.45-18.50 Observing and Promoting Atlantic Microbiomes by Alice Ortmann
18.50-18.55 DNA-based approaches for fisheries by Filipe Costa
18.55-19.00 OBON data strategy by Raïssa Meyer/ Pier Luigi Buttigieg
19:25-19:30 Wrap up.
After the brief overviews from these projects, the discussion will focus on how the projects could work together within the framework of OBON, particularly in terms of engagement with stakeholders and potential users of biomolecular data.
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