Published May 24, 2021 | Version v1
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Review of identified priorities for the Southern Ocean in the context of the UN Ocean Decade - 2021

  • 1. Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences
  • 2. University of Edinburgh
  • 3. European Polar Board
  • 4. Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research
  • 5. National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
  • 6. Southern Ocean Observing System
  • 7. Scientific Committee On Oceanic Research
  • 8. World Climate Research Programme
  • 9. NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
  • 10. Old Dominion University,
  • 11. British Antarctic Survey
  • 12. Rutgers University
  • 13. University of San Francisco
  • 14. International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO)
  • 15. GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
  • 16. Pew Charitable Trust


Review that attempts to place existing scientific priorities in the context of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. However, there is a lack of clarity concerning the relationship that links the Decade Outcomes. Since the connectivity of the Outcomes is not explicitly represented, reviewing the scientific priorities and classifying them according to the Decade Outcomes is a complex matter. Consequently, it could be wise to highlight the interdependency of these Outcomes to emphasize how to get from science to tangible strategies aimed at preserving and restoring ecosystems and supporting the people who depend on them. In this way, the UN Decade of Ocean Science will create synergies with the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration to protect oceans and their resources.


This work was funded by the belspo project BL/36/FWI34_PUNDOS_PPDOS



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