PML Head of Science, Dr Melanie Austen, is contributing to a high level EU meeting being hosted by the Irish Government (23/24 May 2013).
The objective of the event is “to provide a vision for enhanced cooperation on both sides of the Atlantic and a set of jointly agreed priority actions to provide the means to achieve these goals.”
Dr Austen will be taking part in discussions on the research and innovation requirements leading to: a truly predictive capacity for the major risks and changes in the dynamics of the Atlantic Ocean; a fully integrated multi-modal Atlantic Ocean Observation and Forecasting System installed and operating, providing real-time data streams on-line; a mapping programme undertaken for critical areas of the Atlantic seafloor to underpin the accuracy of predictive models, forecasts and their outputs. At the meeting Dr Austen will be further advocating increased emphasis on human welfare, recognising that sustainability of our seas has to pay attention to complex socio-economic aspects as well as environmental issues.
“Our seas are a common resource which provides us with so much of enormous value for our wellbeing and health. There has never been a more pressing need to manage them sustainably, and part of that is working with other countries to gain an international understanding of challenges and an agreed way that we can all work together for the future of the seas. This high level North Atlantic meeting is an important step in that direction”, said Dr Austen as the meeting began.
Proposed outcomes of the meeting include a milestone political statement, The Transatlantic Galway Declaration, which will enhance trans-Atlantic cooperation and “revolutionise our common understanding of key ocean processes critical to our climate, prosperity, security, health and well-being”, and the launch of the Atlantic Strategy Action Plan.