1st Preliminary Meeting
Workshop on Ocean and Coastal Information in Support of Marine Resources and Biodiversity in the Macaronesia

Sao Tomé and Príncipe region

  • DATE
    October 29, 2018
  • Venue
    Museu Fábrica da Baleia
    Horta – Faial, Azores Portugal

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