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5th EMB Forum

The Ocean-Climate Nexus

The critical role of ocean science in responding to climate change

21 October 2015, Brussels

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The 5th EMB Forum will promote awareness of the role of the ocean in climate regulation and global change, identify priorities for future research and make recommendations to policymakers.

The Forum objectives are to:

  • Highlight the key role of the ocean in climate regulation and climate change;
  • Highlight the impacts of climate change in the marine environment and associated socio-economic consequences;
  • Emphasize the key role of marine science in guiding the societal response to climate change: supporting predictions of future changes, tracking and understanding the changes taking place, identifying potential tipping points, informing strategies for mitigation and adaptation;
  • Identify and communicate the key research priorities in the scope of ocean and climate which should be supported at European level.

The 5th EMB Forum on the Ocean-Climate Nexus will be held prior to the United Nations climate change talks at COP21 (Paris, 30 Nov.- 11 Dec. 2015), delivering a voice from marine research community on the critical role of ocean science as part of the societal response to climate change and on the key research priorities on climate and ocean in a European context.

The 5th EMB Forum will be held at the European Parliament as a high-level half-day event. The target audience will include policymakers, NGOs, think tanks, leading scientists, and European Institutions for whom ocean science and climate change is high on the agenda. An event message will be immediately delivered to key stakeholders before and during COP21.