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Uncovering the hidden threat of Marine Geohazards in Europe

Today, our society depends on critical coastal and marine infrastructure such as ports, telecommunication cables and renewable energy installations. With increasing human activities conducted in the marine environment and an increasing population living at the coast, society is becoming more exposed and vulnerable to the impacts of marine geohazards. This Policy Brief raises awareness about dormant geological risks in European coastal regions, and makes recommendations for future research and policy. It summarises the main messages and recommendations from the recent EMB Position Paper Nº26 on “Marine Geohazards: Safeguarding Society and the Blue Economy from a Hidden Threat”, published in December 2021.
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8th EMB Forum Proceedings

The 8th EMB Forum took place in Brussels and online on 1 December 2021, and was on the topic of "Supporting the Ocean Decade in Europe". Over 100 participants from Europe and further afield engaged both online and in person, representing academia, early career researchers, policy-makers, industry, and NGOs. This document is a summary of the discussions, and full recordings of the sessions are available on the EMB YouTube Channel.

 

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Marine geohazards: Safeguarding society and the Blue Economy from a hidden threat

Considering that marine geohazards are unavoidable and will certainly continue to occur in the future, it is crucial to improve and expand our knowledge of those events. EMB Position Paper Nº26 presents an overview of the type, distribution and impact of marine geohazards on the European coastal regions and Blue Economy sectors. It highlights novel scientific approaches that broaden our understanding of their processes, trigger mechanisms and precursors. The document points towards relevant actions that would ensure the development of effective risk-mitigation and science-based management practices and policies, thereby contributing to protect coastal population and economic activities at sea.

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Addressing underwater noise in Europe: Current state of knowledge and future priorities

EMB Future Science Brief N°7 outlines the current state of our knowledge on the sources of anthropogenic sounds and the effects of noise on marine organisms. Moreover, it provides an overview of the measures that have been taken to address the issue of underwater noise. In order to develop proportionate mitigation strategies and effective regulation, we have to advance our knowledge about the effects of anthropogenic noise on marine organisms and their ecosystems.

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Sustaining in situ Ocean Observations in the Age of the Digital Ocean

This Policy Brief focuses on in situ Ocean observations and highlights their benefits, funding and governance challenges, and the investment needed for their transformation and sustainability. This document is the result of an ad hoc Working Group established by the European Marine Board to address this topic, in light of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, and the start of Age of the Digital Ocean.

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EMB at European Maritime Day 2022

European Maritime Day 2022 is being held in Ravenna, Italy and online on 19-20 May 2022. Members of the EMB Secretariat are attending and co-organizing a workshop on 'Exploring the future of MSP under the European Green Deal', as well as engaging in the 'Let's make Europe blue' EU4Ocean Ocean Literacy Summit.
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Uncovering a hidden threat in Europe - new EMB Policy Brief

Today EMB launches its Policy Brief N°10 on “Uncovering the hidden threat of Marine Geohazards in Europe”. This publication raises awareness about dormant geological risks for ports, cities, and coastal communities and infrastructure in Europe, and makes recommendations for future research and policy. It summarises the main messages and recommendations from the recent EMB Position Paper Nº26 on “Marine Geohazards: Safeguarding Society and the Blue Economy from a Hidden Threat”, published in December 2021.
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Brown Bag Lunch n°5 on Offshore Groundwater

On Monday 13 June 2022, EMB is hosting its 5th Brown Bag Lunch on the topic of "Offshore freshened Groundwater: An unconventional water resource in coastal regions". This event includes lunch, offered by EMB, followed by a presentation from Prof. Aaron Micalef, Senior Scientist at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre in Kiel, Germany, and ending with an interactive discussion.

Registration is open until 1 June 2022 via this link.

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Meet the EMBracing the Ocean artists-in-residence

Michael Begg, an award-winning experimental composer and sound artist based in Scotland, and Emily Lartillot, a French dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer with Steps For A Change (SFAC) dance company, have been selected as EMB's first artists-in-residence as part of the EMBracing the Ocean programme.

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Publication of 8th EMB Forum Proceedings

The 8th EMB Forum Proceedings were published today and provide a summary of the discussions that took place in Brussels and online on 1 December 2021, along with key messages. Taking place at the end of its first year, the 8th EMB Forum provided the opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) in Europe, and what more needs to be done to ensure the Decade is a success.

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Upcoming events

Brown Bag Lunch n°5 on Offshore Groundwater

13 June 2022

On Monday 13 June 2022, EMB is hosting its 5th Brown Bag Lunch on the topic of Offshore freshened Groundwater: An unconventional water resource in coastal regions. This event includes lunch, offered by EMB, followed by a presentation from Prof. Aaron Micalef, Senior Scientist at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre in Kiel, Germany, and ending with an interactive discussion.

Registration is open until 1 June 2022 via this link.

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EMB Science Webinar - New developments in research vessel capabilities and technology

16 June 2022

On Thursday 16 June 2022, EMB will host its 21st Third Thursday Science Webinar featuring Per Wilhelm Nieuwejaar who will speak about new developments in research vessel capabilities and technology. The webinar will be 1 hour long and will take place from 13:00 - 14:00 CEST.
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Webinar - Marine Science Communication in Europe: A way forward

23 June 2022

On 23 June 2022 the European Marine Board Communications Panel (EMBCP) will organize a webinar at the occasion of the launch of the European Marine Board Future Science Brief n°8 “Marine Science Communication in Europe: A way forward”. The webinar will be 1 hour long and will take place from 12:00 - 13:00 CEST.
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CommOCEAN 2022 - 5th International Marine Science Communication Conference

29 November 2022 to 01 December 2022

On 30 November and 1 December 2022, the European Marine Board Communication Panel and the University of Montpellier will organise the fifth international marine science communications conference: CommOCEAN 2022, as a hybrid event.
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The European Marine Board (EMB) is the leading European think tank in marine science policy. It provides a platform to advance marine research and to bridge the gap between science and policy.