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JPI Oceans stresses importance of oceans in climate change at COP21

2015.12.10

JPI Oceans stresses importance of oceans in climate change at COP21

Ulrich Wolf, Management Board member of JPI Oceans, chaired the event “The Changing Ocean & its impact on Society” at the climate negotiations in Paris.  


This side event of COP21, organised by Dr. Carol Turley (Plymouth Marine Laboratory), provided an integrated perspective by ocean experts on the climate related changes, risks and projections for both natural and human ocean systems. It included a review of key reports and sources of information on science and policy related to ocean acidification, warming, deoxygenation and sea-level rise, including the major global synthesis of knowledge by IPCC AR5, and ocean research since 2014 including the synthesis by the Oceans Initiative 2015
 
Speakers at the event were: 
  • Carol Turley, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK Ocean Acidification research programme 
  • Paul Pearson, Cardiff University and UK Ocean Acidification research programme 
  • Hans Pörtner, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research; German BIOACID research programme, IPCC 
  • Jean-Pierre Gattuso, CNRS-UPMC, Oceans 2015 Initiative 
  • Vladimir Ryabinin, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO 
  • Phillip Williamson, UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme and Natural Environment Research Council 
  • Alex Magnan, IDDRI

The event was hosted in the margin of COP21, the  Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which is held from 30 November to 11 December 2015. The conference is crucial because the expected outcome is a new international agreement on climate change, to keep global warming below 2°C.

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