Seminar Series

As oceanic and coastal changes in the North Atlantic-Arctic Ocean are accelerating at rates exceeding those in other regions on the planet the B2BI Strategic Framework seminar series attempts to bring to light and discuss salient challenges in support of holistic comprehension. B2BI embraces a multidisciplinary strategy and thus a suite of traditionally separated fields of science will illuminate core aspects that will be developed by the framework. Oceanography, fisheries, biogeochemistry, political science, sociology and economy, to mention some disciplines, will be invited to develop a diverse mosaic. Also, the seminar series attempts to address the entire North Atlantic in geographically balanced manners, from the North Equatorial Current (fed in part by the South Atlantic Equatorial) over the Caribbean and North American East coast to the northeastern North Atlantic and the southbound Canary Current, west African upwelling to the Cab Verde Islands.

The Seminar is held 8 times a year using the Zoom platform. Recordings of the seminars can be found on the B2BI Science YouTube Channel. Subscribe to the channel to receive notifications when new content is published.

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24 March 2021 15:30 UTC – AtlantOS – supporting the implementation of an All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System

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Speakers:  Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR, Kiel Germany), 
Isabel Sousa Pinto (CIIMAR, Porto Portugal), 
Sandra Ketelhake (KDM, Brussels office, Belgium),
Ann-Christine Zinkann (NOAA, USA)

Vision for AtlantOS:
A comprehensive Atlantic Ocean Observing System that benefits all of us living, working and relying on the ocean.

AtlantOS envisions a basin-scale observing system, sustainably resourced and efficiently operated to realize the ambition of a broad set of stakeholders and their need for ocean information. Specifically, it will connect scientists, policy makers, the private sector and civil society to articulate a fit-for-purpose system that delivers critical ocean information in a value-added context to address the range from data capture to end products and services.

The AtlantOS program supports cooperation, alignment of interests and the implementation of an integrated All-Atlantic Ocean Observing and information System, which connects a number of highly relevant existing and future ocean observing activities to meet user needs by using e.g. the Framework for Ocean Observing (FOO). Today, most ocean observing is driven by topic-related initiatives and infrastructure that are supported by a wide range of measures. AtlantOS will bring together upper ocean, deep ocean and coastal observing partners across the Atlantic basin with the intent to sustain observations over the long term. AtlantOS will connect observing networks and supports the evolution and implementation of the system, thereby contributing to the GOOS and the GEO Blue Planet initiative and benefits e.g. from support of the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.

Our practical work focusses on the supporting the AtlanticBasin Scale Implementation of the Global Ocean Observing system and the platform based observing networks that underpin the in-situ system. We encourage the articulation and sharing of national implementation plans, support resource mobilization by engaging at the national and regional level, promote the development and sharing of best practices and encourage capacity and capability development and sharing. 

In addition, implementing an All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System, the AtlantOS program is supporting several ocean observing use cases with specific thematic foci that showcase the added value of a more integrated ocean observing system: Mitigating Impacts of Sargassum, Atlantic Meridional Ocean Circulation (AMOC), Ocean Carbon Uptake, Fisheries in Atlantic Upwelling Region, Marine Animal Movements and most recently supported the development of Deep Ocean Observing around the Azores. 

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28 April 2021 15:30 UTC – Anne Christine Brusendorff, ICES:
Fisheries and other human activities…

Speaker: Anne Christine Brusendorff, ICES

Fisheries and other human activities – inclusive processes, expertise and evidence provided in the North East Atlantic, and adjacent seas

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) is an intergovernmental marine science organization, meeting societal needs for impartial evidence on the state and sustainable use of our seas and oceans.

​​​Our goal is to advance and share scientific understanding of marine ecosystems and the services they provide and to use this knowledge to generate state-of-the-art advice for meeting conservation, management, and sustainability goals.
We are a network of nearly 6000 scientists from over 700 marine institutes in our 20 member countries and beyond. Over 2500 scientists participate in our activities annually.

Through strategic partnerships our work in the Atlantic Ocean also extends into the Arctic, the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, and the North Pacific Ocean.

26 May 2021 16:30 Central Europe Time – Stephan Hynes:
Valuation of North Atlantic Ecosystem Service Benefits to Societies

Stephen Hynes – Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit, Whitaker Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway

Valuation of North Atlantic Ecosystem Service Benefits to Societies

The North Atlantic is known to provide a variety of ecosystem services (ESs) that are of benefit to society. There has however been few attempts to quantify the welfare impacts of changes to the delivery of these services. This presentation assesses the values of a number of key ES benefits derived from protecting and restoring ecosystems in the region. To accomplish the results from a number of case study valuation exercises that were conducted in a number of countries under the EU ATLAS and EU MERCES projects are reported. The discrete choice experiment (DCE) approach was employed in the surveys to capture the multi-dimensional nature of cold water coral reefs and kelp forests ecosystems and to analyse how respondents make trade-offs between blue growth potential and ecosystem service delivery. The travel cost method was also employed to estimate the coastal recreational benefit values associated with the storm surge prevention services provided by oyster beds. Results from the DCE surveys indicate a willingness to pay for management options associated with the highest possible levels of marine litter control followed by the highest possible levels of fish health. Respondents also express a preference for management options that allow for higher levels of blue growth opportunities. In terms of protecting a coastal walking trail from storm damage a cost benefit analysis suggested that the nature based solution of a restored oyster reef bar had a benefit cost ratio multiple times larger than the grey infrastructure alternative of an impermeable revetment.

23 June 2021 16:30 Central Europe Time – TBD

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Suggestions for Speakers or Topics?

If you have suggestions for future speakers or topics, please contact the Seminar Organizers:

Paul Wassmann or Lars-Otto Reiersen