1st Southern Ocean Regional Workshop

Following the Global Planning Meeting in May 2019, the first Southern Ocean regional workshop was held on 16 February 2020 in San Diego, California, USA.

In the aim of supporting countries to sustainably manage oceans and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).

As part of the stakeholder-oriented process to develop the Southern Ocean Action Plan, the Community launched their 1st regional Workshop to provide a forum to identify key knowledge gaps and propose, prioritise and formulate pathways to address them in the context of the UN Ocean Decade.

The combined effects of natural and anthropogenic changes are exerting increasing pressures on the environment. Because the Southern Ocean holds a key position in the Earth System, these changes have the potential to alter the role of polar regions in regulating global climate and other systems, as well as impacting a host of other important ecosystem services.

The full report of this first workshop can be found here.

Date & Time : 16 February 2020, 9am – 5pm
Location: Hard Rock Hotel – San Diego, CA, USA