20 March 2015: IODE-XXIII elects new Co-Chairs
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The 23rd Session of the IODE Committee elected Ms Cynthia Chandler (USA) and Mr Yutaka Michida (Japan) as its two new Co-Chairs for the next inter-sessional period (2015-2017). Both bring with them an extensive career and experience in oceanography and data management. Find out more about them [HERE]

13-March-2015: Ocean Tracking Network established as an IODE ADU

adu OTN logo style=The Ocean Tracking Network is a global ocean research and technology development platform. OTN deploys acoustic receivers and oceanographic monitoring equipment in key ocean locations around the world to track the movements and survival of marine animals carrying acoustic tags. OTN tracks many keystone, commercially important, and endangered animals including marine mammals, sea turtles, and fishes including sharks, sturgeon, eels, tuna, salmonoids and cod. OTN also deploys benthic pods and Slocum electric gliders for oceanographic sampling measuring temperature, salinity, conductivity, oxygen and depth. An essential component of the OTN platform is the Data Centre hosted at the Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Canada. All OTN data are archived at ISDM, DFO Canada (IODE NODC) and in addition, near real-time glider data are submitted to IODE’s GTSPP ( and tag release metadata is sent to OBIS via the Canadian OBIS node (BIO, DFO Canada). We welcome OTN to the IODE...

16-Feb-2015: OBIS Science Advisory Meeting Report

OBIS-SATT The new OBIS Science Advisory Task Team met in December 2014 at the IODE project office, to provide advice on the science mission and priorities, bring fresh ideas on what we can do with OBIS, and brainstorm on what are the areas OBIS should break through.

The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) has been around for more than 10 years, and since 2010 transitioned from a programme under the Census of Marine Life, into an intergovernmental project serving the broad mandates of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. It is therefore the time to revisit what OBIS can do, adopt, and whom it should service (better). At its 3rd session (Dec 2013) the OBIS Steering Group decided to establish a new task team composed of external global experts in fields such as marine scientific research, capacity development, ecosystem services, economy, industry, socio-economics, spatial planning and ocean governance, to provide advice on the science mission and priorities,...

Director-General receives Delegation of the Flemish Parliament (Belgium)

flemish visitOn 30 January, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova met with Members of the Commission for Foreign Affairs, European Affairs, Tourism and Immovable Heritage of the Flemish Parliament (Belgium), at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom of Belgium to UNESCO, H.E. Mr Yves Haesendonck, attended the event.

The Commission is responsible for several areas in the field of UNESCO’s competences and the meeting provided an opportunity to explore UNESCO’s strategies in tackling key global challenges. This working session also allowed the parliamentarians to discuss specific areas of cooperation supported by voluntary contributions from the Government of Flanders.

The Director-General expressed her appreciation for the support of Flanders to UNESCO’s action, notably in the fields of education and science, and stressed the importance of establishing this kind of longstanding partnership. Over the past 15 years, this support has amounted to some...

19-January-2015: JAMSTEC established as an ADU

JAMSTECThe Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) is an independent administrative institution for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of academic research in addition to the improvement of marine science and technology by undertaking fundamental research and development on marine and other related activities through academic research related to the Ocean for the benefit of peace and human welfare. With its leadership and performance in the research community, JAMSTEC has been regarded as equivalent to a national research institute. JAMSTEC hosts the secretariat of the Japan Regional OBIS Node (J-RON) to accumulate marine biogeographic data stored in Japanese institutions and projects, makes these data available to the public via JAMSTEC’s Biological Information System for Marine Life (BISMaL), and transfers the data to iOBIS. More info on JAMSTEC website and on BISMAL.

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Upcoming Events

Second Sino-Africa Forum on Marine Science and Technology
9 - 10 April 2015
Nairobi, Kenya

Forum on Sustained Ocean Observations and Services in IOC Group V (Africa and Arab countries)
11 - 13 April 2015
Nairobi, Kenya

Third Session of the IOC Sub Commission for Africa and the Adjacent Island States
13 - 15 April 2015
Nairobi, Kenya

ICAN 7 workshop (Coastal Web Atlases – Supporting Ecosystem Based Management) and 2nd Session of the SG-ICAN
19 - 20 April 2015
Cape Town, South Africa

OTGA Training Course: Marine Spatial Planning
20 - 22 April 2015
Cape Town, South Africa

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