Supported by EU4OceanObs, the EU action coordination of the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative (FSOI) works to promote the EU’s international ocean governance objectives and priorities related to the collection and use of ocean observations. The EU action coordinator works with the other G7 FSOI coordinators to form a distributed Coordination Centre that implements the initiative’s activities under the guidance of the G7 FSOI National Focal Points and the Working Group.

Specifically, the EU action coordination of the G7 FSOI

The EU action coordination of the G7 FSOI is implemented by Mercator Ocean International in Toulouse, France, and headed by Maria Hood. Maria is a chemical oceanographer, specialising in ocean carbon cycle monitoring. She has spent most of her career leading oceans and climate programmes for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, including the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project, the IOC’s ocean acidification activities, and the Ocean Observations Panel for Physics and Climate.


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G7 Future of the Seas & Oceans Initiative – EU Action Coordinator at Mercator Ocean International