Deoxygenation of the Ocean. Latest research presented at UNESCO

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On September 10th and 11th at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, a high-level scientific seminar will take place in the context of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). A first opportunity to present current research on deoxygenation of the Ocean conducted by young researchers with data from Tara Oceans.

During the UN seminar, the Tara Foundation will present results from the “Ocean Plankton, Climate and Development” project, conducted by researchers from 4 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Togo) in laboratories of the Tara Oceans consortium. Their research will be presented to the scientific community, but also to policy makers.

These studies of planktonic microorganisms are focused mainly on regions of the ocean containing little or no oxygen. The lack or absence of oxygen imposes very specific environmental conditions where few organisms can adapt. Very little is known about these so-called “dead zones, except that they are spreading, due to global warming. It is essential to understand how the ocean and organisms that live in it will react to these changes.

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Juan, Marko, Janaina et Alejandro, members of the “Ocean Plankton, Climate and Development” project, at the UNESCO (Paris) during the conference – © Romy Hentinger / Tara Expeditions Foundation

The “Ocean Plankton, Climate and Development” project supported by the Tara Foundation and the FFEM (French global environment facility) aims to help strengthen scientific expertise in developing countries. Acquiring new skills should allow these countries to participate in international negotiations on ocean governance and demonstrate what is at stake in their regions.

Plankton is one of the absolutely fundamental elements necessary to understand the functioning of marine ecosystems and their future evolution in the face of climate change. The young researchers aim, on one hand, to create new models and scientific indicators based on the observation of planktonic systems and, on the other hand, to valorize these results with multilateral institutions and policy makers.

This Tara project, as well as the ongoing scientific work, are fully in line with the future UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development which aims to promote greater scientific cooperation between countries, the funding of scientific programs on ocean and climate interactions, and a strengthening of links between science and politics.

Learn more about the Ocean Decade

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