IOCARIBE News

"An index to assess the health and benefits of the global ocean"

A report published in Nature considered 10 diverse public goals (based on human needs and ecological health aspects) to produce a single index score for the state of the oceans. The index was calculated for all coastal nations, resulting in a global average score of 60/100. The index is the first index with global scope, and is hoped to be able to play a role in future policy decisions.

The Nature report is available here.

Or visit the Ocean Health Index website.

New job posting with UNESCO IOC

A great opportunity for someone – ideally a post-doc (although not essential) - with expertise in both GIS and natural sciences (especially marine and ecological). Applications are due by September 21, 2012.

More information and how to apply.

Freshwater can cause hurricane intensification

A lens of freshwater in the surface layer beneath a hurricane can block the mixing of cold deep waters required to slow and reverse hurricane intensification. The paper suggests salinity may play an important role in hurricane forecasting.

Full paper available here.

UVB Radiation impact on marine organisms

Increased UVB radiation is linked to a sharp increase deaths among marine species, including tropical corals and algae. Much attention recently has focused on the effects of warming and ocean acidification, however ultraviolet radiation may be having an overlooked and compounding impact.

BBC Nature report

NOAA provides easy access to historical hurricane tracks

NOAA's Historical Hurricane Tracks website contains 150 years of Atlantic hurricane data and some global records from as far back as 1842. Originally the site included only United States hurricane data, it has now been expanded to global coverage in response to public request and an increase in global extreme storm events. NOAA describes the website as "[allowing] users to search by place name, storm name or year, or latitude and longitude points. With the search results, users can generate a map showing the track of the storm or storms accompanied by a table of related information."

More information from NOAA is available here.

Access to the Historical hurricane tracking website is available here.

UNESCO Message 12-08-12: International Youth Day


UNESCO Message 12-08-12; International Youth Day

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the ocassion of the International Youth Day, 12 August 2012

Latest Issue of a World of Science online


The latest issue of A World of Science (July 2012) now online in English, Español, & Français.

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/resources/periodical/a-world-of-science/vol-10-n-3/

Direct link to PDF: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0021/002171/217154E.pdf (English)

http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0021/002156/215616S.pdf (Español)

http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0021/002171/217154F.pdf (Français)

International Seabed Authority ENDOWMENT FUND


Objectives of the Fund


To promote and encourage the conduct of marine scientific research in the international seabed area for the benefit of mankind as a whole by:

• supporting the participation of qualified scientists and technical personnel from
developing countries in marine scientific research programmes; and

• providing them with opportunities to participate in international technical and
scientific co-operation, including through training, technical assistance and scientific
co-operation programmes.

Applications for Assistance

Assistance may be sought by qualified scientists and technical personnel from developing countries to:
a) Participate in marine scientific research programmes or scientific co-operation;
b) Enroll in training programmes; or
c) Qualify for technical assistance.

Applications should be submitted by developing country members of the International Seabed Authority. Applications may be accepted from other countries if the application demonstrates that it will benefit scientists from developing countries.

Submitting Applications

Applications should be submitted to the International Seabed Authority in both electronic and hard-copy formats. Please note that seven (7) hard copies of the application are required.


Applications should be submitted to:
     The Secretariat
     International Seabed Authority
     14/20 Port Royal Street
     Kingston, Jamaica
     Fax: 1 876 922 0195


     E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications should be received at least three months before the proposed date of commencement of the training programme or research activity for which financial assistance is
sought.

Acceptance of Applications

Awards from the Fund are made by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority on the basis of recommendations by the Advisory Panel. Assistance provided will be subject to the
availability of funds.

Advisory Panel

The Advisory Panel is appointed by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority. It consists of six to nine experts in the law of the sea and its implementation. The Panel will
evaluate all applications and make recommendations for awards of assistance from the Fund.

Information Requirements

It is particularly important that the purpose for which assistance is sought contain the following information in sufficient detail to enable the application to be considered and evaluated by the
Advisory Panel.

To Participate in Marine Scientific Research Programmes or Scientific Co-operation:

• Specify the nature and objectives of the marine scientific research
programme.
• Outline the method and means to be used.
• Indicate the name of any sponsoring or participating institution(s)
and the person(s) in charge of the project.
• Provide a statement on the extent to which it is considered that
individuals from developing countries will be able to participate in
and benefit from the project.
• Attach the curricula vitae of all developing country personnel who
are proposed to benefit from assistance from the Fund.
• Provide information on the duration and location of the marine
scientific research programme or scientific cooperation.
• Submit an itemised statement of the estimated costs for which
assistance is requested.
• Attach a statement on the extent to which the proposed activity is
consistent with the purposes and objectives of the Fund.


To Enroll in Training Programmes

• Specify the goal of the training and the positions the trainees are intended to fill afterwards.
• Describe the training institute(s) or entity in question.
• Provide a copy of the training course(s) and a schedule for the training programme.
• Attach the curricula vitae of the trainees.
• Submit an itemised statement of the estimated costs for which assistance is requested.
• Attach a statement from the candidate as to how he or she expects to benefit from the training programme and how it would assist in the development of his or her career or vocation;
• Attach a statement on the extent to which the proposed activity is consistent with the purposes and objectives of the Fund.

Note: An award from the Fund for the purposes of training or a fellowship may cover course fees, unless these fees are waived by the partner institution or entity.
The award may also cover costs of travel, maintenance and accommodation allowances, and medical insurance. Payments for maintenance are for normal living expenses only and shall be made in accordance with the policies and practices governing the administration of United Nations fellowships and training.Awards will not, in principle, be granted for the pursuit of academic studies leading to degrees or diplomas. Training programmes may incorporate, when appropriate,
instruction that is both general and specialized, as well as theoretical and practical.

To Qualify for Technical Assistance

• Specify the nature and objectives of the technical assistance and the benefits to be derived therefrom.
• Outline the technical assistance programme.
• Indicate the name of any sponsoring or participating institution(s) and the person(s) in charge of the project.
• Attach the curricula vitae of all consultants who are proposed to provide the technical assistance.
• Submit an itemised statement of the estimated costs for which assistance is requested.
• Attach a statement on the extent to which the proposed activity is consistent with the purposes and objectives of the Fund.

Evaluating and Disseminating Information on Successful Applications

A recipient of assistance from the Fund for the purpose of technical assistance will be required to report to the Secretariat of the Authority on the use of the funds provided, the outcomes of the assistance provided, and on the results obtained.


It is understood that this information would be subject to the need to maintain confidentiality on any aspect of the research programme of the scientific co-operation concerned that may be requested by the institution or entity concerned.

A candidate who is awarded a traineeship or fellowship will be required to submit a brief report on the usefulness of the training at the end the programme. The supervisor should also provide a report to the Authority on the participant’s performance. The developing country which proposed the trainee shall also provide a brief report on the extent to which the training benefited the trainee and the developing country concerned.

A recipient of assistance from the Fund for the purpose of technical assistance will be required to report to the Secretariat of the Authority on the use of the funds provided, the outcomes of the assistance provided, and on the results obtained.
The Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority is required to disseminate information on the results of the Fund’s activities for the benefit of all members of the Authority.

This is subject to any confidentiality requirements.

The full Terms of Reference for the International Seabed Authority Endowment Fund for Collaborative Marine
Scientific Research are available at: www.isa.org.jm/en/efund


International Seabed Authority
14/20 Port Royal Street
Kingston, Jamaica
Fax: 1 876 922 0195
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.