Where society understands and can respond to  changing ocean conditions.


Program Core Event: 15 September 2021 Hosts:

Craig McLean, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States of America

Prof. Detlef Stammer, University of Hamburg, Germany

Monika Jones, International TV and Conference Host, Germany


8.00 pm CEST Session 1: 
A Predicted Ocean: Benefit, Societal Need,  and Ambition by 2030

Expert Moderator

Judith Giblin, ECOP – Oceanography at Pacific Community, Fiji

Ann-Christine Zinkann, ECOP, Program Manager at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 

United States of America

Keynote Speakers (in speaking order)

Motivations & Ambitions

Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright, 7 Mile Bay, Canada

Benefits of a predicted ocean to society

Ariel Hernán Troisi, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission IOC-UNESCO, France Short-term forecasts and outlooks for marine conditions

Fangli Qiao, First Institute of Oceanography, China

Requirements of long-term forecasts of the Ocean State

Predicting long-term evolution of CO2
Janice Trotte-Duha, Technological and Nuclear Development of the Brazilian Navy

Beth Fulton, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Australia

Predictions ecosystems and marine diversity

Dr. Katja Fennel, Dalhousie University, Canada

Linking ocean predictions with a healthy ocean


10.30 pm CEST
Session 2: 
From Observation to Prediction (Round Table)

How can we work toward implementing the concept of an integrated global observing system  serving many users including with local enhancements down to the coastal level?

Expert Moderator

Roshan Ramessur, Associate Professor at The Ocean Foundation, Mauritius



Motivations & Ambitions

Emma Heslop, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission IOC-UNESCO, France Co-design of observing and prediction systems

Herve Damlamian, Pacific Community (SPC), New Caledonia

Development of ocean prediction capabilities: short term to seasonal, decadal, climate, global to coastal  (incl. coupling with land), physics to biogeochemistry & biology

Dr. Mojib Latif, GEOMAR – Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany

Limits of predictability

Pierre Bahurel, Mercator Ocean International, France

Development and maintenance of modeling & data assimilation infrastructure

Dr. Ramasamy Venkatesan, National Institute of Ocean Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences, India

Establish and maintain observing systems: from physics to biology – from global to coastal (incl. governance aspects)


11.15 pm CEST
Session 3:
Ensure an Impactful Predicted Ocean (Round Table)


How can we connect to stakeholder and user communities to understand and respond to the needs of end users, down to the community level by developing a deeper understanding of regional issues and building partnerships across the value chain? Who are the user groups that are using the data for products and services?

Expert Moderator

George Petithakis, Research Director, Hellenic Center for Marine Research, Greece



Motivations & Ambitions

Derrick Snowden, US Integrated Ocean Observing System Office NOAA/National Ocean Service, 

United States of America

Data and product management and service

Dr. Marjolaine Krug, OCIMS, Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), South Africa What does society need?

Melissa Iwamoto, Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS), United States of America How to provide an easy, efficient, and timely information delivery service to users?

Molly Powers-Tora, Pacific Community (SPC), Fiji

How to better engage and interact with the different user communities?  Dr. Nadia Pinardi, University of Bologna, Italy