Tuesday 3rd December
15:00 - 16:15
WWF Pavilion, Hall 6
The Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity: the evidence is clear for raising ambition.
Oceans are undergoing rapid change due to increasing CO2 emissions resulting in serious risks to marine biodiversity and ecosystems, and subsequent impact on global society. This will continue unless unprecedented action is taken. Experts and policy makers are being bought together on Earth Information Day to summarise the findings of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) and to make recommendations and summarise initiatives for sustaining this unique habitat and Earth’s essential life support system.
Prof Mel Austen (PML/GCRF Blue Communities) will be a panelist with a talk entitled: 'Healthy blue ecosystems support healthy blue communities'.
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Wednesday 4th December
11:30 - 12:45
UK Pavilion, Hall 8
The ocean, CO2 and society: challenges, opportunities and science responses for seas and society
Rising CO2 is impacting ocean ecosystems and dependent coastal communities through multiple climate-related changes to ocean physics, chemistry and biology. The ocean is also a source of adaptation and mitigation responses. The session will showcase how action-driven transdisciplinary science can help understand and manage the challenges placed on the ocean and so improve sustainable development.
Prof Mel Austen (PML/GCRF Blue Communities) will be part of the panel with a talk entitled: 'What the ocean provides society'
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Thursday 5th December
10:00 - 11:00
Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion
Special Report on Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC): A Pacific perspective
PML is co-organising this event.
Prof Mel Austen (PML/GCRF Blue Communities) will be a key speaker with a talk entitled: 'Case study: on-the-ground story of experience how communities adapt to the current and future challenges of ocean change in the Pacific.'
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