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The European Marine Board provides a platform for its member organizations to develop common priorities, to advance marine research
and to bridge the gap between science and policy, in order to meet future marine science challenges and opportunities.


Advancing Citizen Science for Coastal and Ocean Research

Position paper aims to provide new ideas and directions to stimulate further advancement of Marine Citizen Science.

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Decommissioning of offshore man-made installation: Taking an ecosystem approach

Policy Brief assesses the role of marine science in reducing the impact of decommissioning offshore installations.

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The Ticking Time Bomb of Climate Change

Science Commentary questioning the over-emphasis in global policy discussions on 21st Century impacts of climate change

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Annual Report 2015

Read about the wide spectrum of strategic activities undertaken by the EMB in 2015, bridging the gap between research, policy, industry and society.

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The Ocean-Climate Nexus Consensus Statement

The critical role of ocean science in responding to climate change- A call from the ocean research community

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Delving Deeper (policy brief)

Key action areas for achieving sustainable management of our deep sea through integrated research

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EurOCEAN 2014 Conference Report

Key messages from EurOCEAN 2014 – a major European marine science policy conference which took place on 7-9 October 2014 in Rome, Italy.

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Delving Deeper: Critical challenges for 21st century deep-sea research

Overarching recommendations in deep-sea research to support a sustainable blue economy.

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The Value of Membership
EMB Value Paper

Read about the benefits of being a member of EMB and review our achievements to date in our new value paper.

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Annual Report 2014

Discover EMB's structure and governance and learn about the wide spectrum of strategic activities undertaken in 2014, bridging the gap between research, policy, industry and society.

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Rome Declaration

A consensus view of the EurOCEAN 2014 participants representing that of the European marine research community and resulting from a wide consultation at national, regional, pan-European and international levels

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How our ancestors adapted to sea-level change (policy brief)

A summary of the key research needs and priorities to discover and safeguard Europe’s underwater heritage

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Land beneath the waves

State of the art, key opportunities and recommendations to advance the European Continental Shelf Prehistoric Research

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Annual Report 2013

European Marine Board Annual Report 2013 outlining EMB activities and outputs against the strategic approaches of ForumStrategySynergy and Voice

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Oceans and Human Health
Linking Oceans and Human Health: A Strategic Research Priority for Europe

Key research needs and priorities to support the development of a holistic and coherent transnational oceans and human health research effort in Europe

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Navigating the Future IV

Foresight report organized around the framework of key societal challenges in the areas of climate, human health, food security, energy and safe and sustainable use of marine space

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Marine Protected Areas
Achieving Ecologically Coherent MPA Network in Europe: Science Needs and Priorities

Science needs and priorities to inform, engage and empower stakeholders in planning networks of MPAs across Europe and beyond

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Getting Ready for an Ice-free Arctic

Science Commentary calling for a sustained Arctic marine observation and data exchange system

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Marine Biodiversity
Marine Biodiversity: A Science Roadmap for Europe

Reveals gaps in our knowledge and research capacities, examines the policy landscape and includes a roadmap for European marine biodiversity research.

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Microbial Diversity
Marine Microbial Diversity and its role in Ecosystem Functioning and Environmental Change

Highlights recent advances in marine microbial research and identifies key priorities and needs for future European research.

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Monitoring Chemical Pollution
Monitoring chemical pollution in Europe's Seas - programmes, practices and priorities for research

A critical evaluation of current monitoring practices and assessment frameworks as well as mechanisms for including emerging chemicals of concern in monitoring programmes

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Marine Biotechnology
Marine Biotechnology: a Vision and Strategy for Europe

Marine biotechnology state of the art and its significant potential to contribute to scientific, societal and economic needs; and a concrete science policy strategy

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Marine Renewable Energy

An overview of how marine renewable energy can provide innovative solutions to tackle future energy challenges and to fully contribute to the EU 2020 vision

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Ecosystem Approach to Management
Science Dimensions of an Ecosystem Approach to Management of Biotic Ocean Resources

Research priorities and a work plan to achieve the objectives of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Joint EMB-ICES-EFARO publication

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A vision for an end-to-end, integrated, inter-operable and user-oriented network of European marine observation and data systems 

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Marine Mammals and Acoustics
The Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammals

Addressing a complex problem of the effects of some ocean-based human activities on the marine mammals, who rely heavily on sound for communication and social organization

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Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing of Shelf Sea Ecosystems

Summary of capabilities of satellite RS methodologies and their weaknesses, and a set of recommendations to maximise their effectiveness in monitoring shelf sea ecosystems

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Ocean Research Fleets
European Ocean Research Fleets - Towards a Common Strategy and Enhanced Use

An inventory and description of the existing fleets, and recommendations on their enhanced use and management at pan-European level

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Towards ERA
Towards a European Marine Research Area

The Marine Board strategic marine science plan for Europe, integrating all relevant dimensions of the natural and social sciences and the concerns of all end users of European seas.

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EMB launches new Position Paper on Marine Citizen Science

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Today EMB is launching the latest installment in its Position Paper series. Number 23 is entitled “Advancing Citizen Science for Coastal and Ocean Research” (pdf) and aims to provide new ideas and directions to stimulate further advancement of Marine Citizen Science.

Citizen Science, where members of the general public collaborate with scientists to generate and use data relating to the natural world, is a powerful research methodology that should not be overlooked. It’s potential to further marine science research and knowledge is significant. The sheer scale of coastal and ocean environments mean that it is almost impossible for scientist to gather the requisite data alone, and hence the ability to mobilise large numbers of willing and interested people with whom to collaborate is invaluable.  Nor are the benefits of Citizen Science limited to scientists. Marine Citizen Science enables the general public not only to engage in scientific research and gain knowledge and skills, but also empowers them to help preserve their local environments and to provide input to the scientific knowledge-base which will inform future marine policy.

Now, more than ever, marine science research is needed to understand the impacts of a world undergoing change. The rise of Marine Citizen Science to help address this need is therefore timely. This paper highlights opportunities, challenges and best practice in Marine Citizen Science, and sets out a list of high-level strategic recommendations for the future development of Marine Citizen Science in Europe.

The paper is being launched this afternoon at a dedicated workshop on “Citizen Science and the Future of Coastal Monitoring” being run as part of the European Commission’s European Maritime Day 2017.

The position paper can be downloaded here, and the press release can be found here.

EMB Launches New Policy Brief on Decommissioning

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

A new EMB publication, Policy Brief 3 entitled “Decommissioning of offshore man-made installation: Taking an ecosystem approach” (pdf), assesses the role of marine science in reducing the environmental impact of decommissioning and highlights the scientific questions that now need to be answered to settle the debate on what should be done with these structures.

Recent estimates suggest that there are currently around 1,350 oil and gas installations in the North Sea and North Atlantic regions and 1,800 offshore wind turbines in North Sea region alone.  And this number is rising. The total cost of full decommissioning of oil and gas installations in the North Sea alone for the period 2015 to 2040 is estimated at between US$70 and US$82 billion. The numbers of installations requiring decommissioning is also set to increase dramatically as renewable energy devices begin reaching the end of their operational life, and as plans for exploiting renewable energy sources in the near future grow. Globally, industry and governments are embracing different decommissioning approaches, from full removal to the production of artificial reefs. The question of what is best for the environment is still to be answered. Ultimately, appropriate decisions need to be made in the very near future regarding the decommissioning of oil and gas and renewable energy structures. At present, there remains a need for more scientific research to better inform the decision-making process regarding their fate.

The publication was launched at European Maritime Day 2017, in Poole, UK. The EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella received a copy from the hands of EMB Executive Director, Niall McDonough on 18 May 2017 (picture).

EMB Executive Director, Niall McDonough, speaked at a workshop on the subject of involving industry in marine data initiatives entitled “Blue Growth Data Challenge Part 2: Offshore Energy Case Studies”. The workshop, which run from 17:00-18:30 on Thursday 18 May 2017, was jointly organized by the EU ATLAS project and the INSITE initiative, which is featured in the new publication.

You can download the Policy Brief here, and the Press Release can be found here.

EMB Workshop and Position Paper Launch at European Maritime Day 2017

Monday, 15 May 2017

EMB will be hosting a dedicated workshop on Marine Citizen Science on Thursday 18 May to launch the new Position Paper (#23) on Marine Citizen Science.

The annual European Commission-run European Maritime Day will take place on 18-19 May 2017 in Poole, UK. European Marine Board will be hosting a 90-minute workshop at European Maritime Day, running from 15:15-16:45 on Thursday 18 May, on “Citizen Science and the Future of Coastal Monitoring”. This workshop will introduce Citizen Science and promote best practice in Marine Citizen Science initiatives and data collection to support marine management and policy, and to promote Ocean Literacy.  The workshop will also be the official launch event for the new Position Paper.

The workshop will feature three speakers from the EMB Working Group on Citizen Science -  Gro I. van der Meeren (Co-Chair), Jane Delany and Julia A. Busch, as well as Jon Parr from the Marine Biological Association and coordinator of the H2020 Sea Change project, of which EMB is also a partner. The workshop will be chaired by EMB Executive Director, Niall McDonough, and will include significant audience participation and panel discussion.

This presents an ideal opportunity to launch the latest addition to the EMB Position Paper series. Number 23, “Advancing Citizen Science for Coastal and Ocean Research”, aims to provide new ideas and directions to stimulate further advancement of Marine Citizen Science.

EMB will also have a strong present throughout the event via an exhibition stand.

The European Maritime Day 2017  involves both an exhibition and a 2-day conference, with interactive workshops on the themes of “Innovation & Growth”, “People & Skills”, “Safety & Security” and “Sustainability & Governance” forming a major part of the conference.

Registration for the European Maritime Day 2017 event is still open.

We hope to see you there!

EMB welcomes new member – University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Tuesday, 02 May 2017

EMB is delighted to announced that it gained a new member during its Spring Plenary Meeting in Tenerife last week. Following formal application from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, Professor Katarina Abrahamsson from the Department of Marine Sciences represented the University in Tenerife. She presented the University, highlighting the highly multidisciplinary nature of the Department, which was established in 2015, and its many connections to the wider marine science landscape in Sweden. The Board Members unanimously approved the application, and Professor Abrahamsson attended the rest of the meetings as a full member. EMB welcomes the new member and looks forward to close collaboration with University of Gothenburg going forwards. Further information about the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Gothenburg can be found online.

EMB Spring Plenary Meeting (26-27 April, Tenerife)

Thursday, 27 April 2017

The EMB Spring Plenary convened on 26-27 April 2017 in Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain). The meeting brought together 23 delegates and was hosted by EMB member IEO (Spanish Institute of Oceanography). The meeting took place at the Oceanographic Centre of Canarias. At the Open Session, presentations were made by the local host Director Luis Jose López Abellán and researcher Eugenio Fraile Nuez; and by Renuka Badhe (European Polar Board), Claire Jolly (OECD), Donatella de Pascale (CNR), Jeanette Andersen (University of Tromso) and Andrew Mearns Spragg (Jellagen). The Evening Lecture was given by Dorothy J. Dankel (University of Bergen) on Transdisciplinary Approach to Inform Marine Ecosystem-based Management. More highlights of the meeting will be available soon.

The ticking time bomb of climate change

Friday, 03 March 2017

A new EMB Science Commentary questions the over-emphasis in global policy discussions on 21st Century impacts of climate change. ‘The ticking time bomb of climate change and sea-level rise’ Science Commentary (pdf) has been launched today, at the VLIZ Marine Science Day, in Bruges, Belgium.

The Commentary questions why global climate policy discussions focus predominantly on a time horizon that extends only to the end of this century. The short policy paper is based largely on a seminal review article published in Nature Climate Change in February 2016 by Clark et al. The authors argue that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from human activity will remain in the atmosphere and continue to affect the Earth’s climate for tens to hundreds of thousands of years. Many of the resulting long-term impacts are now unavoidable. Sea level, in particular, exhibits a much slower response time than rises in air temperature. If we look 10,000 years into the future, it is proposed that even a modest emissions scenario will result in a global mean sea-level of rise of 28 m, causing inundation of many of the world’s most densely populated coastal cities and regions and displacing billions of people.

Advances in ocean and climate modelling mean it is now possible to look much further into the future and the picture that emerges for future generations is one of catastrophic climate change. This longer-term perspective tells us that the need to move towards complete decarbonization of the world’s energy systems is urgent. Put another way, decisions we make in the next 10 years could profoundly affect the next 10,000.

You can download the Science Commentary here and you can find the first EMB Science Commentary on Ice-free Arctic here. The press release can be found here.