On 25 November 2021, the EU coordinator of the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative (FSOI) Coordination Centre hosted a one-day workshop jointly with the 16th Session of the Scientific Steering Committee of the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP) at the IOCCP office in Sopot, Poland. The event served to launch the activity “A Global Surface Ocean CO2 Monitoring Strategy“.
Endorsed by the G7 FSOI at its working group meeting in June 2021, this activity will run for two years to develop an internationally-agreed strategy and implementation plan for a global network that can be used by governments for coordinated investment actions. It will build on the existing Surface Ocean CO2Reference Observing Network (SOCONET), and include plans for a full-time coordinator as part of the OceanOPS Centre and support to operationalise the data management centres and the data synthesis project – Surface Ocean CO₂ Atlas (SOCAT).
The meeting was led by Maria Hood, EU coordinator** of the G7 FSOI Coordination Centre, IOCCP Director Maciej Telszewski, and IOCCP lead expert Richard Sanders, Director of the EU Integrated Carbon Observing System Ocean Thematic Centre (ICOS-OTC).
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*As part of the G7 FSOI Coordination Centre’s scientific and technical support to Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), the Coordination Centre will work closely with the IOCCP (GOOS Biogeochemistry Panel) to catalyse and facilitate the development ofthe global surface ocean CO2 monitoring strategy. The IOCCP is hosted by the Institute of Oceanology of Polish Academy of Sciences.
**The EU coordination of the G7 FSOI Coordination Centre is hosted by Mercator Ocean International as part of the EU4OceanObs Action with funding from the European Union. For more information, click here.