Atlantic Pole to Pole: Climate Science 2 Policy

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Atlantic Pole to Pole: Climate Science 2 Policy

2 July 2021 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Side-Event: Atlantic Pole to Pole: Climate Science 2 Policy

The side-event will bring together a true All-Atlantic perspective, pole-to-pole, combining projects supported under the Belém Statement and beyond. The goal is to address the question of “What kind of research priorities should be taken into account in establishing a framework for international collaboration in the next decades?”

Therefore, the H2020 funded projects Blue-Action, MISSION ATLANTIC, TRIATLAS, SO-CHIC will showcase how they are addressing important research gaps and support  the uptake of science for societal benefit, including policy making, for the All Atlantic community.

Side event at the All-Atlantic2021 – All-Atlantic R&I for a Sustainable Ocean: Ministerial & Stakeholder Conference (

Wednesday 2 June, 13:30-15:00 CEST / (11:30-13:00 UTC)

Zoom webinar, registration page: please register to join the discussion


Welcome, Gerard McCarthy (Maynooth University)

Atlantic Ocean Challenges and integrated ecosystem assessment,  Andrei Polejack and Mary Wisz (WMU/MISSION ATLANTIC)

The science evidence of the challenge:

  • Atlantic-Arctic Ocean Circulation and Impacts,  Gerard McCarthy (Maynooth University/Blue-Action)
  • Southern Ocean Dynamics and climate, Jean-Baptiste Sallée (CNRS, LOCEAN-IPSL/SO-CHIC)
  • Atlantic Climate-Based Marine Ecosystem Prediction for Sustainable Management, Elaine McDonagh (NORCE/NOC /TRIATLAS)

Wrapping up: Vision for the future,  John Bell (European Commission, DG RTD)

Panel discussion, moderation by Sheila Heymans (European Marine Board)

with Evelia Rivera-Arriaga (Autonomous University of Campeche), Joern Schmidt (ICES), Isabelle Ansorge (University of Cape Town, SEAmester Programme)


Target audience: Ministerial representatives, Members of the European Parliament, International organisations’ officials, European Commission officials, Representatives of NGOs, Stakeholders (including the general public), Representatives of the industrial sector, Policy officers


Contributors from H2020 Blue-Action project:

Contributors from the H2020 MISSION ATLANTIC project:

Contributors from the H2020 SO-CHIC project:

Contributors from the H2020 TRIATLAS project:

Short description

The world faces global challenges that can only be met through science diplomacy, the use of scientific collaborations among nations to address common problems. Researchers, decision makers and knowledge brokers have a responsibility to develop and maintain the flow of information to create evidence-based and equitable outcomes with and for society. Initiatives such as the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance and other EU mechanisms have been working towards facilitating effective science diplomacy across the whole Atlantic region.

The Atlantic Ocean remains a key area for research and science diplomacy in the coming years, due to the huge climatic importance. In the north, the AMOC plays a major role in driving climate variability of many ocean and atmosphere systems. In the south, ocean circulation sinks to the bottom of the ocean, propagating climate signals to the ocean abysses, and participating in buffering climate change. Abrupt changes in these circulation systems could have major impacts on ecosystems and societies. Scientific cooperation and management responses as well as long-term strategies for sustained Atlantic observations are critical to fill in research gaps.

This event will highlight the importance of connected, interdisciplinary long term science to understand global physical systems, make predictions and inform future policy. Ultimately, we invite participants to discuss what kind of research priorities should be taken into account in establishing a framework for international collaboration in the next decades?

All-Atlantic2021 Scientific areas covered

  • Scientific Area 2 – Ocean observation, forecasting and monitoring
  • Scientific Area 1 – Ocean Health: climate variability and ecosystem approaches


2 July 2021
9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Zoom link
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All hubs, Australia
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Blue Action
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