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OceanObs'19: Conference Statement Community Feedback
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Contact Information: Comments:
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Name:Email:Affiliation:Line NumberCommentRecommended WordingRelevant References
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Emmanuel Bossemmanuel.boss@maine.eduUniversity of MaineI would like to see words to the effect that the largest unknown in ocean response to climate change is that of the biology (including the sign of that change, and hence the likely feedbacks). This is due to lack of coherent and systhematic biological data. Sensors/water analysis (e.g. genetics, quantitative and automated microscopy, bio-optics, bio-acoustics, flow cytometry, HPLC, POC) now exist that are quantitative and can be intercomparable and sample systhematically. It is time that these technologies are deployed in every ocean sampling program. Associated investment in sampling, training and infrastructure should take place ASAP.
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Jesse Ausubelausubel@rockefeller.eduRockefeller U6add "and harmful debris" so it reads "reduce pollution and harmful debris,"
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Jesse Ausubelausubel@rockefeller.eduRockefeller U42change so it reads "reduce pollution, including debris, noise, heavy metals, and other anthropogenic stressors"
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Jesse Ausubelausubel@rockefeller.eduRockefeller UgeneralThe frontiers of GOOS in 2019 are NOT climate (though we should get much better at measuring the heat content of the ocean) but biology, sound, seafloor seeps and movements, debris, and other aspects. The overall statement sounds to me more like 2010 than 2019. Think of monitoring the effects of 25,000 large offshore wind turbines and everything associated with them, including new islands. We need to build GOOS for the Future Oceans, not for Oceans Past.

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Paul GaffneyHawk1@monmouth.eduRetiredGeneralMuch much improved over early drafts. But if you want anyone but us to read it then cut it down to 1/2 or so
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Mel BriscoeMel@OceanGeeks.comRetired WHOI/NOAA/ONR/COL;
OceanGeeks LLC
generalA well-written, but long, feel-good statement.Include some specific actions...or it is just words.
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Vardis Tsontosvtsontos@jpl.nasa.govJPL25include the terms: data interoperability + data managementUse best practices, data interoperability standards and standard vocabularies in the collection, management, distribution and use of ocean data
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Vardis Tsontosvtsontos@jpl.nasa.govJPL43the bit about "creates jobs" comes across somewhat awkwardly. Recommend replacing with "creates new economic opportunities"
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Vardis Tsontosvtsontos@jpl.nasa.govJPLgeneralOverall, well written. However, there is no statement about a more integrated and interoperable observing observing system being an important next step in its evolution (there is a lot of observing already going on, but integrated data access remains a central challenge and impediment). Also, would it be useful perhaps to mention that the statement reflects key recommendations by the community coming out of the conference process?
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Boris Kelly-GerreynBoris.Kelly-Gerreyn@bom.gov.auAustralian Bureau of MeteorologyGeneralThank you for the opportunity to review. It's a great idea to have a statement.
It would help if we understood who the audience is. Policymakers, general public, everyone?  This will help in targeting the message. It's also too long. The final statement should all fit on one page using a larger font size than currently used. There also needs to be a sense of urgency to marshall action. Compare it to the 'Because the Ocean Declaration'.  The sentences are also generally too long, which works against a sense of urgency. This statement could have been written 30 years ago the way it currently stands. I would suggest reframing the statement in terms of what we have achieved, sharply focusing on benefits to the user/society. Then talk about building on these successes, once again with the focus on the user and hence on addressing the pressing need/s. 
https://www.becausetheocean.org/first-because-the-ocean-declaration/
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Klas Ove Möllerklas.moeller@hzg.deHelmholtz-Zentrum GeesthachtGeneralIt would be good to make an explicit statement about the opportunity to include high-resolution biological measurements (quantitative & qualitative) from now existing sensors (bio-acoustics, bio-optics, genetics...) to allow fully integrative sampling/monitoring on a global scale - zooplankton is often a missing trophic link in ocean monitoring programs, but a useful indicator for marine ecosystem changes (geographical shift of species, invasive species...) and an important trophic link. Including biological variables (EOVs) into monitoring programs is a timeley necessity.
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Erik van SebilleE.vanSebille@uu.nlUtrecht UniversityGeneralExcept for the mention of the UN Decade of the Ocean, there is no mention of a timeframe. When do we want/hope to see this implemented? Mentioning a year can help set amibitions
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Erik van SebilleE.vanSebille@uu.nlUtrecht UniversityGeneralThere is no explicit mention of the role of satellites and/or remote sensing as technological solutions?
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Laurent Delauneylaurent.delauney@ifremer.frIfremer / JERICO-RIGeneralThe text justifies the directions towards which the ocean observing system must orient itself and underlines the difficulties on which it is necessary to concentrate.
However, unless I am mistaken, a crucial need remains, in my opinion, poorly described, namely the interfacing and integration of the ocean observing system with the observation systems of other domains like atmospheric, solid soil and biogeosphere. A strong approach in this direction has been supported in Europe for 8 years by the ENVRIplus project. The benefits of such cross-domain integration are numerous and unique. A few words about this could be included in the "Partnership" section online 29.
Partnerships are at the heart of building and sustaining such an ocean observing system. Partnerships will augment ocean observing capacity, facilitate sharing of infrastructure, promote best practices, integrate ocean observing system to other observing systems domains, and develop innovative technologies. etc.https://www.envriplus.eu
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Anna Wilsonamw061@ucsd.eduUC San Diego23• Improve the uptake of ocean data in models for understanding and forecasting of the Earth system; I think this could include "at all relevant time scales" much ocean data is crucial for weather forecasting as well as climate scale predictions and this is not stressed right now. Improve the uptake of ocean data in models for understanding and forecasting of the Earth System at relevant time scales ranging from hours to decades.
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Adrienne Suttonadrienne.sutton@noaa.govNOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory12 and additional bullet pointGaps in our knowledge and in our observing system are very much related to the disparities in research capacity and lack of geographic diversity in the ocean observing community. While “capacity” is mentioned in the Partnerships section, this topic deserves a bullet point because it touches every single activity mentioned in this document. Simply inviting other voices to our community is too passive. We must work with those who are underrepresented to design what access to ocean observing looks like and how it works.New bullet point:

·   Take action to reduce disparities in observing knowledge and capacity between ocean basins through integration of traditional knowledge, resource-sharing between countries, and training and education to build scientific and technical capacity in nations underrepresented in the ocean observing community.

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Work toward the design of a fit-for-purpose ocean observing system with engagement of current and future …
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Rik Wanninkhofrik.wanninkhof@noaa.govNOAA/AOMLGeneralThis is a "feel good" statement with a lot of high level platitudes, jargon and run-on sentences which make little sense- e.g. "Work toward the design of a fit-for-purpose ocean observing system with engagement of observers, data integrators, information providers, and users from the scientific, public, and private sectors".
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Rik Wanninkhofrik.wanninkhof@noaa.govNOAA/AOMLline 5"design and implement policies"As an employee of a USA federal agency,I am not allowed to have policy prescription language in anything I am associated with. "Having statement like "This information saves lives, protects property, and creates jobs. " which are copied verbatim from NOAA strategic plans does not obviate the issue that this statement will be construed as policy prescriptive by the US DOC.
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Rik Wanninkhofrik.wanninkhof@noaa.govNOAA/AOMLline 2"We, the participants of the decadal OceanObs’19 Conference"The organizers of the decadal OceanObs conferneceYou are not authorized to speak for the participants. You can make this a declaration and have participants sign it if they wish but you cannot make this a statement by all participants as we had no knowledge that this propaganda was going to be released in the participants' name
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Michele Barbiermbarbier@sciencethics.orgInstitute for Science & EthicsGeneralI would like to suggest an additionnal sentence erlated to ethical behaviourAdopt shared ethics, values and behaviour to increase the value and long-term sustainability of ocean observing activities.Ethical recommendations for ocean observation (2018) Barbier M., Reitz A., Pabortsava K., Wölfl A.-C., Hahn T., and Whoriskey F. Adv. Geosci., 45, 343-361, 2018 (DOI: 10.5194/adgeo-45-343-2018)
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Andrew RossAndrew.Ross@dfo-mpo.gc.caFisheries and Oceans Canadaline 15include the term 'sustainable' to tie in with mention of resource extraction and low environmental impacts on line 41."...healthy, sustainable, biologically diverse and resilient...ʺ
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Andrew RossAndrew.Ross@dfo-mpo.gc.caFisheries and Oceans Canadaline 21Consider including the term 'micronutrients' as there is a need to continue developing methods/platforms/sensors for analysis of essential (as well as harmful) trace metals throughout the ocean, given the extent to which their presence and availability influence, and are affected by, marine productivity and climate change.  "...eDNA, pollutants, micronutrients and exchanges of energy,..."
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Andrew.Ross@dfo-mpo.gc.caFisheries and Oceans Canadaline 21also include 'biotoxins' (natural) as well as pollutants (anthropogenic) since these are of growing concern worldwide and require the continuing development of methods that cover the broad diversity of known and emerging (ichthyo)toxins. ʺ...eDNA, pollutants, biotoxins, micronutrients and exchanges of energy,...ʺ
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Laura Beranzolilaura.beranzoli@emso-eu.orgEMSO ERICline 14new item: • Promote networking and enhance integration of ocean observation facilities and systems across the Countries
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laura.beranzoli@emso-eu.orgEMSO ERICline 25additional text: • Use and promote adoption and dissemination of best practices, standards, formats, and vocabularies in the collection and use of ocean data;
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laura.beranzoli@emso-eu.orgEMSO ERICline 28 additional text: • Involve the school system and the public through citizen-engaged observations, information products, training and outreach;
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Eric Rehmeric.rehm@takuvik.ulaval.caUniversité Lavalline 2IPCC reports indicate CO2 emissions need to be cut by nearly half of 2010 levels by 2030. I think an increased sense of urgency should be made here for prioritizing observations (particularly biological) that are relevant to addrssing the climate crisis. When translated for lay audiences, OceanObs19 should be seen as relevant to global climate concerns.http://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/
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Eric Rehmeric.rehm@takuvik.ulaval.caUniversité Lavalline 8"In soidarity, we ..." I like this. However, part of solidarity is addressing the historical inequities arising from the limited source of greenhouse gas emissions yet global impact. It appears this same inequity exists in coastal observatories. Large regions of the coastal ocean that will be impacted have few resources for ocean observatories. The international ocean observing community is committed to mitigating inequality in the ocean observations and observational platforms that form the basis of adaptation and mitigation policies of the world's nations.
https://www.un.org/development/desa/dpad/publication/wess-policy-brief-the-nexus-between-climate-change-and-inequalities/
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Jean-Marie Trudeaujean-marie.trudeau@sn.ulaval.caUniversité LavalGeneralTraining of current and future scientists, engineers and technicians is fundamental to reach the goals of such an endeavor. It should be more explicit in the statement. Furthermore, considering the complexity of the task, transdisciplinarity should be the prefered approach in the development of educational, training and research programs.
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Elizabeth Kenteck@noc.ac.ukNational Oceanography Centre13Users should include the policy area
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Elizabeth Kenteck@noc.ac.ukNational Oceanography Centre23Also observations in the atmosphere over the ocean and sea ice".. ocean and marine atmsopheric data ..."
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Elizabeth Kenteck@noc.ac.ukNational Oceanography Centre26Add data rescue as an area where citizen engagement is valuable".. citizen engaged observations, data rescue, information.."
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Elizabeth Kenteck@noc.ac.ukNational Oceanography Centre25Add archival".. collection, archival, and use .."
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Michael VeghMwvegh@gmail.comCanadian Indigenous DelegationGeneralIndigenize this document! There is currently absoloutely no mentioning of Indigenous Soctieties.
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Michael VeghMwvegh@gmail.comCanadian Indigenous Delegation9Add "Indigenous Societies"In solidarity, we, the global ocean observing community and users of this information, invite all governments, international organizations, industries, scientists, engineers, stewards of ocean resources, members of civil society, Indigenous Societies
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Michael VeghMwvegh@gmail.comCanadian Indigenous Delegation12Add "Indigenous Societies""work toward the design of a fit-for-purpose ocean observing system with engagement Indigenous Socities"
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Michael VeghMwvegh@gmail.comCanadian Indigenous Delegation17Add "incorporate the ecological knowledge provided by Indigenous Societies""Harness the creativity of the academic research and engineering communities, Incorporate the ecological knowledge provided by Indigenous Societies"
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Michael VeghMwvegh@gmail.comCanadian Indigenous Delegation29Add new bullet about working alongside and incorporating the knowledge provided by Indigenous Socities"Partner with local Indigenous Socities to formulate methodologies and incorporate their tradtional and ecological knowledge systems"
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