World Ocean Council Launches "Smart Ocean/Smart Industries" Programme On Ocean and Climate Observations
Major ocean companies are working to expand and better coordinate the collection of oceanic and atmospheric data from ships and other offshore platforms through Smart Ocean/Smart Industries. This programme has been developed by the World Ocean Council (WOC), an international, cross-sectoral alliance of nearly 40 private sector bodies from a wide range of ocean industries (oil and gas, shipping, seafood, tourism, ocean technology, maritime law, marine environmental services). Development has taken place in close collaboration with national and international ocean and climate observations programmes, as well as existing voluntary observation programs.
The need to better understand and monitor the ocean and climate has never been greater. Government and scientific institutions have limited facilities and resources to obtain marine and atmospheric data. Shipping, offshore oil and gas and other ocean industries, e.g. ferries, fisheries, offshore wind, aquaculture and others, operate thousands of vessels and platforms. These provide tremendous potential for cost-effective collection of ocean and climate data. Expanded information will help improve the modelling and predictability of weather, ocean conditions and climate change, and will support responsible use of ocean resources – with clear benefits for science, government, society and business.
A WOC Working Group co-chaired by A.P. Moeller-Maersk and Transocean has begun to develop a comprehensive structure and process to scale up data collection from “smart” ships and platforms and expand the spatial and temporal extent of observations. The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO is hosting a WOC workshop on 12-13 December 2011 in Paris.