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New Facebook Live on chemical contaminants

2021.02.10

New Facebook Live on chemical contaminants

As part of JPI Oceans’ Facebook Live series, the next session on 18 February will welcome Dr. Adam Lillicrap, coordinator of the JPI Oceans Knowledge Hub on the Integrated Assessment of New Pollutants, and will focus on the effects of chemical contaminants on the marine environment. Previous sessions are now also available on the website.

Through Facebook Live, JPI Oceans aims to address important topics and showcase some of the interesting projects funded under the JPI Oceans portifolio. In 2020, featured projects included EUREC4A-OA on ocean-climate interactions, and the HOTMIC project on microplastics. Our next session will focus on chemical contaminants in the marine environment.

The effects of chemical contaminants on the marine environment

Our next Facebook Live will take place on the JPI Oceans Facebook page (link) on 18 February 2021 at 17:30 CET. The event will provide a first glimpse into a forthcoming policy paper developed by the  JPI Oceans Knowledge Hub on the Integrated Assessment of New Pollutants. It includes recommendations to policymakers on how to include marine chemical status effectively into integrated assessments.

For the occasion, JPI Oceans is pleased to welcome as guest speaker the coordinator of the Knowledge Hub, Dr. Adam Lillicrap from the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) in Oslo.  He will talk about the effects of chemical contaminants on the marine environment and how the Knowledge Hub attempts to counteract the risks. The presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.

See the Facebook Live here:

 

Impacts of microplastics in the oceanic environment

In celebration of World Oceans Day on 8 June 2020, JPI Oceans hosted a special Facebook live session focusing on the impacts of microplastics in the oceanic environment, with guest speaker Dr. Aaron Beck from GEOMAR, coordinator of the HOTMIC project. 

Plastic pollution poses a major threat to the health of ocean ecosystems and their inhabitants. Several aspects of microplastics pollution are however still largely unexplored. In fact, less than 10% of the total amount of plastics entering the oceans can currently be accounted for, likely due to the lack of quantification of smaller microplastics by modern techniques and export from the ocean surface. Such knowledge gaps pose considerable challenges to tackling microplastics pollution and keeping our seas and oceans healthy.

Exploring some of these issues and how to tackle them, Dr Beck presented the HOTMIC project, its aims and expected outcomes, and answered questions submitted in the Facebook live comments by the audience during the live Q&A session.  

See the Facebook Live here:

 

Climate change & the ocean

On 4 November, JPI Oceans hosted a Facebook Live on how small ocean dynamics drive our climate. The event featured one of four projects and its massive field campaign funded under the joint call “Next Generation Climate Science in Europe for Oceans”.

Oceans play a key role in the climate system and are also affected by climate change. As confirmed by the recent IPCC special report on ocean and cryosphere, ocean dynamics are a major modulator of weather and climate, including future trends and extremes. 

Focusing on ocean-climate dynamics and how they affect the Earth’s climate and marine ecosystems under global warming, Prof. Sabrina Speich, coordinator of the newly launched JPI Oceans & JPI Climate EUREC4A-OA project, gave a presentation of the EUREC4A-OA project and its first research campaign in the Atlantic Ocean, which took place in early 2020. Prof. Speich also engaged in a live Q&A session with the audience.

See the Facebook Live here:


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