Marine Biodiversity Networking Fridays Asia & Pacific

The Global Ocean Observing System and related activities in the Asia-Pacific region

On September 9th, 2022, 8-9 AM JST we will have a dedicated session on the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and related activities in the Asia-Pacific region. Dr Karen Evans will present on Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs), within a Global Ocean Observation System, to provide a better understanding of marine life to meet universal goals in sustainable development and conservation and Dr Sanae Chiba will present on the role of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) as an intergovernmental organization established for promoting science collaboration in the North Pacific. Through the implementation of the UNDOS-endorsed programme, SmartNet, PICES is keen to expand its partnership network beyond the North Pacific and toward diverse communities. But can PICES mobilize the network to contribute to global biodiversity monitoring and how?

Programme (JST)

8:00 AM – Welcome remarks, Moderator Irene Alabia (Arctic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Japan)

8:05 AM – The Global Ocean Observing System for Marine Life, Karen Evans (CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Tasmania)

8:25 AM – The PICES´s role in the global biodiversity observation network, Sanae Chiba (North Pacific Marine Science Organization-PICES)

8:45 AM – Q&A, moderated by Irene Alabia

9:00 AM – Closing

This is an Ocean Decade Event.

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Karen Evans

The Global Ocean Observing System for Marine Life

Dr Evans is a principal research scientist and team leader with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere based in Hobart, Tasmania. She leads and contributes to research focused on progressing scientific understanding and developing options to improve marine resource management, particularly in relation to national and international fisheries and threatened endangered and protected species. Her projects deliver strategic research to national agencies, regional programmes in the Pacific and Indian Oceans and international agencies, including the United Nations. She co-chairs a panel of experts developing a global set of measurable indicators of ocean biology and ecology for the Global Ocean Observing System and is a member of the group of experts guiding the United Nations regular World Ocean Assessment process.

Sanae Chiba

The PICES´s role in the global biodiversity observation network

Dr Sanae is a biological oceanographer who had studied long-term ecosystem changes in the North Pacific Ocean at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) since 2000. Through participation in various international programmes, such as global comparisons of zooplankton time-series and the North Pacific Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) project, international programmes/frameworks such as the GOOS Biology-Ecosystem Panel and World Ocean Assessment II, Sanae became an advocate of international collaboration in ocean science and communication across scientific disciplines. More recently, She was on secondment to the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in the UK from 2016-2019, where she learnt practical methods to apply to the science-policy interface and its importance in marine social science. In summer 2021 Sanae has joined the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) as the Deputy Executive Secretary. The timing coincided with the launch of the UN Decade of Ocean Science, and the emergence of the post-pandemic paradigm in a global society. She is thrilled to see how PICES will work with global colleagues to deliver UNDOS outcomes in the changing world..


Irene Alabia

Dr Irene D. Alabia is a postdoc researcher at the Arctic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Japan. She did her PhD research on climate-driven spatial and temporal distributions of commercial squid fishery in the North Pacific. Her current work focuses on climate change impacts on marine fish communities and biodiversity responses in the sub-arctic and Arctic waters.

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