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The focus of this workshop is to assess the opportunities for
regionally focused Earth Observation research and development, downstream activities and ICT evolution, which may be the basis for future ESA investments to address some of the key information needs of this important area.

The countries bordering the wider Atlantic, including the southern Atlantic and North Sea coastal states, generate almost half of the total global economic output. The region hosts a large and expanding portion of global maritime traffic, the Atlantic is considered to be a major source of renewable energy, has one of the most sophisticated
fisheries management regimes in the World - however many
Atlantic areas are experiencing only slow economic growth.

The Atlantic is an important component of global heat transport processes modulated by fresh water inflows from both river discharges and glacier melt. In addition, Atlantic atmospheric dynamics and air sea exchange processes are important elements of many biogeochemical cycles and significantly influence processes outside the immediate region.

he Atlantic region is experiencing a range of pressures driven by climate change and other factors, which affect the environment and socioeconomic activities e.g., ocean oxygen deficiency, increased temperature, changed ocean salinity and increased acidification are impacting on the marine ecosystem and may erode resilience.

there is an increasing need for adaptive management strategies in the Atlantic area (e.g. for forestry, agriculture, urban complexes and the coastal environment), which deal with both climate change but also with emissions of nutrients, aerosols, carbon dioxide and other anthropogenic drivers. This requires a comprehensive mix of different information layers and compiling representative measurements on reasonable timescales is not viable without satellites. At the same time, the Atlantic region is a focal area for measures to stimulate enhanced economic expansion through infrastructure development, support to new industries (deep sea mining, ocean pharmaceuticals,
aquaculture, ocean energy), application of new governance
structures (Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction) and expansion of traditional sectors such as tourism and maritime transport.

In this context, Earth Observation (EO) combined with conventional data collection and analysis assets can support innovative science, applications and information services to address the issues highlighted above, while at the same time acting as a potential catalyser for innovation and growth in the region.

Marine South East CEO, Jonathan Williams will be speaking at this event with regard to the SpaceWave project that MSE are a partner of which is looking at the current and future commercial and technological potential of Earth Observation techniques to facilitate growth in the Blue Economy sector. SpaceWave will be presented in the 'Maritime Spatial Planning and Blue Economy' session taking place on Thursday 24th January 2019 at 16.30.

Presentations given at the workshop will be published on the
workshop website:

For more information please contact ESA Conference Bureau

23-25 January 2019
National Oceanography Centre
Southampton, UK

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Posted 2019-01-09 09:26:57

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