Following a successful First Southern Ocean Regional Workshop held in San Diego, CA, USA in early 2020, the SOdecade Team is pleased to announce that the 2ndSouthern Ocean Regional Workshop will be co-hosted by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the European Polar Board (EPB) at the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in The Hague (NL) and held online from September 20th to 22th, 2021. This event will be co-located with the 4th Polar Data Forum and related Hackathon.
The workshop will be co-organized with regional partners including the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS), the ICED Programme, the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Programme, and many other organizations engaged in polar activities.
The Southern Ocean Task Force will launch a survey in the coming days to gather your input on the activities and contribution that should be developed in the Southern Ocean in the context of the UN Ocean Decade. If you are interested in participating, please subscribe to the Newsletter and follow the initiative on Twitter. The team will notify you through this list and social media channels when the survey is open. The information that you will provide will be summarised in the form of a Draft Southern Ocean Action Plan, which will be presented and open for consultation at the 2nd Southern Ocean Regional Workshop.
Based on the first workshop, this 2nd volume of the Southern Ocean contribution to the UN Ocean Decade will combine a conference style meeting in support of knowledge exchange, with a public consultation approach that will build up to the development of the Final Southern Ocean Action Plan for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
Practical information will be communicated soon.
More information about the Southern Ocean United Nations Decade can be found here: https://www.sodecade.org/