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Oceans and Society: Blue Planet - New book published

Date added: Monday 16th June 2014

Oceans & societyFront cover - Oceans and Society

Oceans and Society: Blue Planet is a global initiative bringing together many ocean-observing programmes with a societal benefit focus. Created in 2011 as a Task within the Work Plan of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Blue Planet held its inaugural Symposium in Ilhabela, Brazil, in November 2012. Participants from more then 20 countries, representing a diverse array of international programmes, presented and discussed issues including global ocean observing systems for open ocean, coastal and inland ecosystems; operational ocean forecasting; applications of observations for sustainable fishery and aquaculture; and capacity building. A major outcome of the Symposium was the production of the book "Oceans and Society: Blue Planet", 2014, ISBN: 978-1-4438-5639-3 which has been published in Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Targeted at all stakeholders within the ocean and marine community, this volume discusses current activities and future actions and raises awareness for the further development and implementation of the Blue Planet agenda. Readers will learn more about ocean observations, how they can be integrated, and their applications to benefit society as a whole.

GOVST members contributed to this book and some of the book chapters (13 &14) contain details about "the Global Operational Ocean Forecasting Network supported by GODAE OceanView" as well as an overview of "Operational Oceanography in Brazil: A Contribution to Monitoring and Predicting the Tropical and South Atlantic".

An e-book version will be released in 2 months after the publication of the hardback (~July/Aug 2014).  Please download an extract of the book for your information.

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is a voluntary partnership of more than 85 governments and 77 intergovernmental, international, and regional organisations. It is committed to integrating global observations through strengthened cooperation and coordination among global observing systems and research programmes.