3rd Blue Planet Symposium, 31 May – 2 June 2017, College Park, MD, USA

Blue Planet is an Initiative of the Group of Earth Observations (GEO). GEO aims to address global challenges and improve decision making by coordinating and developing the Earth observation efforts among participating governments and organizations.

The 3rd Blue Planet Symposium will serve as a forum for discussion of societal information needs resulting from the important role the oceans play in Earth’s life-support system and the challenge of minimizing the impacts of human activities on the oceans while utilizing the resources of the oceans to meet our needs. The symposium will also be a platform for the participating communities to exchange information on their activities and identify potential pilot and prototype projects for Blue Planet to focus on in the coming years.

The Symposium will address four subthemes, among which the threats from pollution, warming and acidification. The health of marine ecosystems and their productivity are exposed to threats from pollution, the warming of the oceans, and an increasing acidification. The current and future impacts of these threats on the marine biosphere and beyond, including the impacts on human societies, need to be understood, monitored, and ways to limit the threats need to be developed.

The symposium is open to scientists, researchers, and students from academia, industry and government and other stakeholders engaged in monitoring, understanding and managing the oceans.

Registration will open here in January 2017. The registration fee will be kept as low as possible and will be more than anything else a commitment fee.

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