In the context of the upcoming United Nations climate change talks (COP21), the Forum aims to deliver a voice from the marine research community to key stakeholders on the critical role of ocean science as part of the societal response to climate change as well as to outline the key research priorities on climate and ocean in a European context. The Forum brought together scientists, policymakers, NGOs, think tanks and European institutions for whom ocean science and climate change is high on the agenda. 

The Forum, certified with a COP21 label, has the objectives 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.


5th EMB Forum

The Ocean-Climate Nexus

The critical role of ocean science in responding to climate change

21 October 2015, 16.00-18.00

European Parliament, ASP A5E-2

Hosted by

Ricardo Serrão Santos, MEP

Vice Chair of the Intergroup “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development”

Vice Chair of the Intergroup “Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas”

Opening addresses    Prof. Ricardo Serrão Santos, MEP
  Prof. Jan Mees, Chair, European Marine Board
  Ms. Sherri Goodman, President, Consortium for Ocean Leadership (video message)
Special Message HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco (video message)
Scientific Presentations Prof. Mojib Latif, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR), Germany (presentation)
  Dr. Ceri Lewis, University of Exeter, UK (presentation)
Consensus Statement  Prof. Michael Schulz, Centre for Marine Environment Sciences (MARUM), Germany (presentation)
Panel Discussion  Speakers
  Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), UNESCO (presentation)
  Dr. Andrea Tilche, Head of the Climate Action and Earth Observation Unit, European Commission

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