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New Facebook Live on Munition in the Sea


New Facebook Live on Munition in the Sea

As part of JPI Oceans’ Facebook Live series, our latest session on 4 November welcomed Claus Böttcher, coordinator of the JPI Oceans Knowledge Hub on Munition in the Sea.

Through Facebook Live sessions, 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. In 2021, we focused on our Knowledge Hubs, including the now concluded Knowledge Hub on the Integrated Assessment of New Pollutants and the Knowledge Hub on Munition in the Sea, as well as the BlueCC project funded under the BlueBio ERA-Net Cofund.


Legacy munition dumped at sea: what is the problem and how to solve it?


On 4 November 2021, JPI Oceans hosted its latest Facebook Live session, focusing on the issue of legacy munition dumped at sea in Europe during and after recent wars. The event welcomed guest speaker Claus Böttcher, coordinator of the Knowledge Hub on Munition in the Sea, for a presentation and live Q&A with the audience.

The Knowledge Hub constitutes a multi-national expert group at the core of a dedicated JPI Oceans Joint Action on Munition in the Sea. The Action involves many EU countries, is lead by Italy, Germany and Norway, and aims to coordinate research and innovation to assess risks, define priorities and suggest intervention options concerning munitions in the marine environment.



An ocean of untapped potential: are we ready?


Aquatic biomass from the seas and oceans has large potential to ensure future food, feed and nutrition security. It can also be source of raw materials for use in value chains for high value products and processes including pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, bioprocessing, chemicals, novel materials and cosmetics, all while factoring in environment and climate change risks. To explore and harness these potentials in a sustainable way at the European level, JPI Oceans collaborated in 2018 with the former ERA-NETs COFASP and ERA MBT in founding the BlueBio ERA-NET Cofund, with 27 partners from 16 countries.

For this Facebook live event on World Ocean Day 2021, JPI Oceans was thrilled to welcome Mr. Themis Altintzoglou from Nofima, the coordinating institution of the BlueCC project, one of the first funded projects under the BlueBio ERA-NET Cofund. BlueCC focuses on sustainably exploiting polymers derived from underutilized marine species, by-catch and cleaner fish from the aquaculture industry to develop new eco-friendly marine ingredients and commercialized products using a market acceptance approach.



The effects of chemical contaminants on the marine environment


This Facebook Live session took place on 18 February 2021. The event provided a first glimpse into a newly published 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 was pleased to welcome the coordinator of the Knowledge Hub Dr. Adam Lillicrap, from the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) in Oslo.



Climate change & the ocean


On 4 November 2020, 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.



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. 



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