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Q&A: How can the work of EMODnet Chemistry have global relevance?
22 October 2021

Europe’s regional seas have very specific characteristics but they are part of an interconnected global ocean.

How can the work of EMODnet Chemistry have global relevance? and What are the latest news?

Read the answers given by Alessandra Giorgetti e Matteo Vinci.

Alessandra Giorgetti, manager at the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS) and coordinator of the Italian National Oceanographic Data Centre (NODC), says that:

Marine processes do not halt at borders, for this reason there is a lot of international and global cooperation on marine data sharing and also exchange of approaches and methods. After consolidating its role in Europe, EMODnet Chemistry is more and more relevant at global level. Its expertise in data management is shared with the Chinese National Marine Data and Information Service as part of the EMOD-PACE project between Europe and China. We also participate in the work of the G20 technical group, led by the Ministry of the Environment - Japan (MoEJ), engaged in the harmonization, on a global scale, of monitoring and data management on marine plastics. On 29 November, we are taking part in the international expert meeting organized by the MoEJ. Finally, EMODnet Chemistry has been collaborating with the UN Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission to establish a worldwide network for data sharing in the framework of the UN Ocean Decade initiative.

Talking about this priceless opportunity to cooperate, are there any upcoming events that you are involved in?

Matteo Vinci, data manager at the NODC maintained by the OGS, replies that:

EMODnet Chemistry agenda is always rich with engagements in support of the UN Ocean Decade. I am pleased to say that OGS, scientific coordinator of EMODnet Chemistry, takes part in the organizing committee of the event “One Integrated Marine Debris Observing System for a Clean Ocean”, which includes a virtual poster session open from 10 to 30 November 2021 and online plenary sessions and discussions from 17 to 19 November 2021. This event is organised by a consortium of 14 international ocean experts and is hosted by GEO Blue Planet and Mercator Ocean International as an official satellite activity of the UN Ocean Decade Clean Ocean Laboratory. Participants will discuss the current state of the marine debris system, knowledge about it and ways forward for implementing the Integrated Marine Debris Observing System (IMDOS).

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