Ifremer hosts 55 scientific institutions from around the world – Agglotv.com

From 24 to 26 January 2023, Ifremer is hosting the 24th annual conference of the POGO association (Partnership for Global Ocean Observation) in La Seine-sur-Mer, bringing together the leaders of 55 international institutions working on global observation. of the oceans.

Knowing and understanding changes in the ocean is important for predicting its interactions with the Earth system, the impact of human activities on the ocean, and the consequences of these changes for our society. Observation of the oceans from the surface to the deep seabed and from space requires the mobilization of many scientific and technological skills and national and international research infrastructures: oceanographic fleets, satellites, fixed and floating buoys, fixed and mobile, digital observatories. To achieve this, the POGO association (Partnership for Global Ocean Observation), which brings together the world’s leading institutions in the fields of oceanography and ocean technology, promotes international cooperation for global ocean observation.

“Our goal is to create a global, sustainable and state-of-the-art ocean observation system by 2030 by strengthening international cooperation. The POGO association enables member institutions to identify needs to “take the pulse of the global ocean” and prioritize innovations that address them, especially to model the state of the world through the collection of data that will feed future digital twins. predict the ocean and its evolution. » explain Sophie Seeyave, President and CEO of POGO.

Each year, leaders of POGO’s 55 member organizations meet to identify advances within the scientific community and set priorities for supporting ocean observation around the association’s three pillars:

  • Support innovation and the development of emerging technologies to ensure the availability of critical parameters for observation;
  • Identify and develop global capabilities and skills and train the next generation of scientists, technical experts and leaders;
  • Work with governments, foundations, civil society and businesses to advocate and promote the importance of ocean stewardship and sustainable management.

“France is actively involved in international efforts promoting collective observation of the global ocean, from the coast to the open sea and from the deep sea to the surface. Ifremer and its public and private partners are very active in developing technological innovations for observation and creating digital twins of the ocean. These goals are at the heart of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science 2021-2030 and the upcoming United Nations Ocean Conference in France in June 2025 under the auspices of the governments of Costa Rica and France. in detail François Houllier, CEO of Ifremer.

After the previous edition in Brest in 2004, Ifremer (a founding member of the association) welcomes POGO again for its 24th annual meeting in La Seyne-sur-Mer from January 23 to 26. In addition to recommendations and best practices at the end of the meeting, this event is also a privileged time for exchange between leaders of scientific institutions and their partners in order to promote the transfer of knowledge and technologies to civil society and business. .

During this edition, a special session will be dedicated to the French experience in oceanography and ocean observation. It will provide:

  • Development of the French Ocean Observing System to 2030
    (Fr-OOS), a large research infrastructure dedicated to the coordination of French ocean observation infrastructures;
  • advanced coastal ocean and shoreline monitoring projects to better understand and protect these areas in constant contact with human activity;
  • The Provence Méditerranée Underwater Laboratory, an underwater infrastructure designed for the study of the marine environment and installed at a depth of 2,450 meters, which houses the CNRS neutrino telescope;
  • Management, analysis and dissemination of scientific data through the Data Terra research infrastructure dedicated to the observation of the Earth, its components (including the ocean) and their interactions.

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