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Workshop on Ocean and Coastal Information in Support of Marine Resources and Biodiversity in the Macaronesia, Sao Tomé and Príncipe region, 1st Preliminary Meeting

October 29, 2018

In coordination with the GEO Blue Planet Initiative, Future Earth Coasts and the Marine Biodiversity Network (MBON), the AIR Centre is co-organizing a workshop in Mindelo, Cape Verde, scheduled for February 2019, to identify initiatives under the topic of Marine Resources and Biodiversity. This workshop will build upon two preliminary cross-sectoral and cross-disciplinary meetings. The first one is this taking place in Faial, Azores, Portugal and a second one that will take place in Las Palmas, Canary Island, Spain (November 15th, 2018) to better understand local and regional information needs to enhance job creation and innovation in the blue economy and to foster the sustainable use of marine resources as a main economic component. 


The main challenges discussed during this 1st preliminary meeting were the low resolution of existing satellite data and the lack of qualified personnel to retrieve and convert the required data into interpretable information. As an outcome, strategic user´s needs for a virtual/ artificial user “Azores” was formulated. Among other;  to see the distribution of biodiversity in the 0-20 m depth water column; to enable identification of biodiversity changes; to support coastal resources and risk management, ocean litter monitoring, harmful algal bloom detection, etc.

Organizing Committee

Emily Smail, NOAA/GEO Blue Planet | Francisco Wallenstein, Regional Government of the Azores | Frank Muller-Karger, GEO MBON | Gabrielle Canonico, NOAA/GEO MBON | Isabel Chavez, UNESCO | Joaquin Brito, PLOCAN | Jorge del Rio Vera, UNOOSA | José Moutinho, AIR Centre | Martin Le Tissier, Future Earth Coasts | Paul DiGiacomo, NOAA/GEO Blue Planet | Piero Messina, ESA | Samuel Djavidnia, GEO Blue Planet | Shubha Sathyendranath, Plymouth Marine Laboratory | Sophie Seeyave, POGO/GEO Blue Planet 


9:00 – 9:30 Registration

9:30 – 9:45 Welcome 

9:45 – 10:15 Workshop methodology /Presentation and participants expectations

10:15 – 11:00 Development of User Stories

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30 Working Groups – Information Needs

  1. 1. Fisheries
  2. 2. Aquaculture
  3. 3. Biodiversity
  4. 4. Marine Spatial Planning
  5. 5. Cetaceans Observation

12:30 – 13:00 Presentation of information preliminary needs

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 WG discussion and production of supporting documentation

15:00 – 15:30 Identification of gaps and main challenges for the Azores region

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:45 Presentation and discussion of WG results

16:45 – 17:00 Summary with key results

17:00 – 17:30 Wrap up and next steps


Alexandra Guerreiro 

Ana Martins – University of Azores / OKEANOS

Ana Neto – University of Azores / CE3C

Artur Oliveira – SeaExperts

Carla Dâmaso / Maria Joana Cruz – Sea Observatory of the Azores (OMA)

Carla Melo – SIMBIENTE

Christopher Pham – University of Azores / Department of Oceanography and Fisheries

Erica Cruz – WavEC Offshore Renewables

Ester Pereira – City Council of Horta, Azores

Frank Neumann – AIR Centre

Frederic Vandeperre – University of Azores / Department of Oceanography and Fisheries

Frederico Pessanha – Endemic-Açores

Hugo Pacheco – The Azorean Sailing Association (ARVA)

Jorge Fontes – University of Azores / Department of Oceanography and Fisheries

Norberto Serpa – Norberto Diver

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October 29, 2018
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    The AIR Centre is a network for international cooperation along and across the Atlantic, with an integrative approach to the advance and sharing of knowledge of space, atmosphere, oceans, climate change, energy and data science, as well as their interactions. Its central theme is North-South and South-North, East-West and West-East cooperation. AIR Centre’s head office is located in Terceira/Azores, where the first High-Level Atlantic Interactions event in April 2017 took place, following a series of international workshops starting in 2016.
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