Community Update December 2017

1 December 2017

Welcome to the latest national marine science community update.

The senate inquiry into Current and future impacts of climate change on marine fisheries and biodiversity was released on the 6th of December. The review provided recommendations regarding resourcing of research capacity consistent with the National Marine Science Plan (i.e. IMOS, RV Investigator).  It also reiterated some of the recommendations to come out of Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture Inquiry by the Productivity Commission.

Oceans are very much on the international agenda at the moment, and rightly so.

The United Nations has just announced that 2021-30 will be the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.  The motivation for ‘the Decade’ is “to find scientific solutions that allow us to understand the changes taking place in our ocean, and to reverse the declining health of our planet’s largest ecosystem”.

Planning for the third, decadal, international conference on ocean observing, OceanObs’19, is now officially underway.  The conference will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii on 16-20 September 2019.  It is expected to attract 1,200 ocean observing scientists, managers, policy experts and users.  Seven continents will be represented, and white papers will be solicited and published.  NMSC Chair Tim Moltmann is a member of the Sponsor Committee and has agreed to be Australia’s national representative.  Membership of the Program Committee will be announced soon.  The two previous OceanObs events (in 1999 and 2009) were held in Europe, and it is exciting to see this one being held in the Pacific region.  The Australian marine science community is very well placed to make a real splash at OceanObs’19.

OceanObs’19 LATEST NEWS – The call for Abstract Submissions opened on Monday 18th December 2017 – see here.  This is a three stage process.  Short (2,000 character) abstracts are due by 15th March 2018.  The Program Committee will review the abstracts and consolidate them into a list of Community White Papers by 30th April 2018.  The Community White Papers will then be due by 30 September 2018.
In closing, we’d like to wish you and your families a safe and happy festive season, and thank you for all the great work done during 2017.


Tim Moltmann, Chair
on behalf of the National Marine Science Committee