World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, 12-16 Oct 2014 - Call for abstracts

Submitted by ward.appeltans on Wed, 2014-03-26 03:49

The 3rd WCMB ( will be held at Qingdao, China 12-16 Oct. 2014 with the theme of 'Life in the Changing Ocean

OBIS is chairing Session 9: From ocean observation to decision making
Global marine biodiversity observation and data systems provide an historical baseline against which future change can be measured and are fundamental for models and forecasts to serve area-based management processes, climate change impact studies, environmental status and impact assessments, decision making tools and conservation policies to help address real world ocean concerns. But how effective are current data systems serving these broad societal goals? Do we have enough data in time, space and taxonomic coverage and are ocean observing systems collecting the right data? Do we have the necessary tools and are the mechanisms in place to serve the information to policy makers? This session seeks success stories, either national, regional or global, were policy decisions were based on sound scientific evidence, based on new observing technologies and world-class data and information systems.

Important Dates
2014-05-30 Deadline for Early-bird registration and Abstract submission
2014-07-01 Notification for the acceptance of Abstracts
2014-08-30 Deadline for the regular registration

OBIS is a project of:
IODE Sponsored by:
Martin International and Les Grands Explorateurs
With in-kind support from:
Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University
Universidad Simón Bolívar Flanders Marine Institute

OBIS strives to document the ocean's diversity, distribution and abundance of life. Created by the Census of Marine Life, OBIS is now part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, under its International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme.