Report from the Second IODE Workshop on Quality Control of Chemical and Biological Oceanographic Data is now Available

The second IODE Workshop on Quality Control of Chemical and Biological Oceanographic Data Collections was held at the IOC Project Office for IODE in Oostende, Belgium between 22-24 October 2012. The workshop focused its discussions on the proposal submitted to the Ocean Data Standards process: "Proposal to adopt a quality flag scheme standard for data exchange in oceanography and marine meteorology" of which the most recent draft dated from March 2012. The workshop prepared a revised version of the proposal focusing on a clearer text. The workshop recommended that the proposal should now proceed through the process with the objective of publication.

The report of the meeting is available through IODE.

International Day for Tolerance / Día Internacional de la Tolerancia - 16/11/2012

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Day for Tolerance, 16 November 2012

Difference must not be a source of division but strength. This is our core message for the 2012 International Day for Tolerance.

 In a world changing quickly, in societies that are ever more diverse, we are reminded every day of the need for tolerance. The ties connecting people and societies have multiplied, but so have opportunities for misunderstanding and tension. With closer proximity have come new threats that are exploited by those seeking to deepen divisions. The ‘local’ is but one click away from the ‘global’ in the digital era, and this creates new, unpredictable vulnerabilities for all societies.

Full message will be available from the Director-General's webpage 16 November.


Mensaje de la Directora General de la UNESCO, Irina Bokova, con motivo del Día Internacional de la Tolerancia, 16 de noviembre de 2012

Las diferencias no deben ser un motivo de división sino una ventaja. Éste es nuestro mensaje esencial para el Día Internacional de la Tolerancia 2012.

 En un mundo en rápida mutación, en sociedades cada vez más diversas, todos los días se nos recuerda la necesidad de la tolerancia. Los vínculos que unen a las personas y las sociedades se han multiplicado, pero también lo han hecho las posibilidades de incomprensión y tensión. La mayor proximidad ha traído aparejadas nuevas amenazas atizadas por quienes intentan ahondar las divisiones. En la era digital, lo “local” está apenas a un clic de distancia de lo “mundial” y esto crea nuevas e impredecibles vulnerabilidades para todas las sociedades.

Mensaje completo estará disponible en la página web de la Directora General 16 de noviembre.

Dr. Douglas Wilson takes on role of Regional Coordinator for IOCARBIE-GOOS

From 1999 to 2011 Doug served as the founding co-chairman of IOCARIBE-GOOS, the Global Ocean Observing System Regional Alliance for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions. Following a recent re-structuring of IOCARIBE-GOOS, approved at the XI IOCARIBE General Assembly, and his recent retirement from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, he has been designated by IOCARIBE as IOCARIBE-GOOS Regional Project Coordinator.

More information on IOCARIBE-GOOS's current projects can be found in GOOS under programmes.

 

World Science Day for Peace and Development, World Science Day for Peace and Development, 10 November 2012 / Día Mundial de la Ciencia para la Paz y el Desarrollo, 10 de noviembre de 2012

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Science Day for Peace and Development, 10 November 2012

World Science Day for Peace and Development is an opportunity for us to confirm the potential of the sciences to build a better world. It is through human intelligence, scientific research and innovation that we will be able find tomorrow the answers to the challenges that today seem insurmountable. Science is our best asset for supporting inclusive and equitable development, and for building global sustainability at a time of uncertainty, and faced with the biophysical limits of the planet.

Full message will be available from the Director-General's webpage 10 November.


Mensaje de la Directora General de la UNESCO, Irina Bokova, con motivo del Día Mundial de la Ciencia para la Paz y el Desarrollo, 10 de noviembre de 2012

El Día Mundial de la Ciencia para la Paz y el Desarrollo nos brinda la oportunidad de reafirmar el poder de las ciencias para construir un mundo mejor. Es mediante la inteligencia humana, la investigación científica y la innovación como podremos encontrar mañana respuestas a los desafíos que hoy nos parecen insalvables. La ciencia es nuestra mejor baza para apoyar el desarrollo incluyente y equitativo, construir una sostenibilidad mundial en una era de incertidumbre, ante los límites biofísicos de nuestro planeta.

Mensaje completo estará disponible en la página web de la Directora General 10 de noviembre.

GEOHAB core research project: "HABs in Benthic Systems" now available online from IOC

"The present report outlines the issues addressed by the participants during the OSM [Open Science Meeting]. These included the state of the art regarding taxonomy, sampling methods, biogeography, genetic diversity, ecology and ecophysiology of BHABs. The participants also compiled information about current national and regional projects and programmes related to BHABs. The OSM concluded with the identification of research and infrastructure priorities and approaches to be taken in order to improve understanding and prediction of BHABs caused by Gambierdiscus and Ostreopsis."

The report is available from the IOC's Harmful Algal Bloom Programme here.