Ocean and Freshwater NFVI chapter
On October 23-24th, experts from the European Marine Board Working Group "Navigating the Future VI" met for the first time at the InnovOcean campus, in Ostend, to set the foundations of the 6th edition of the blueprint "Navigating the Future VI". As a dialogue across disciplines, NFVI will explore the role of the Ocean on earth, focusing on the ocean sciences we need to explore and address the issues related to four main interconnected themes/chapters: the Ocean’s links with people, climate, freshwater, and biodiversity. The NFVI publication is expected to have important impacts on marine research and policies, at national, European and international scale.
The researchers Tainá Fonseca (CIMA) and Peter Kraal (Royal NIOZ - Netherlands) leads the Ocean & Freshwater chapter, focusing on the continuum between land, freshwater and the and Ocean, and highlighting relevant recommendations. This kick-off meeting was fruitful to identify cross-cutting themes for all marine sciences, including the recent development of sustainable sciences, the importance of ocean literacy and of bringing more disciplines into marine research, the consideration of multiple stressors into our modeling, and the questions of gender and equity in all Ocean sciences and actions. A final publication is expected in 2024.