The Global Biogeochemical-Argo Fleet: Knowledge to Action Workshop

A virtual workshop building on the priorities of the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative to explore the applications of a global data-stream from the Biogeochemical-Argo array in fisheries, carbon budget verification, and environmental forecasting.

Welcome to the The Global Biogeochemical-Argo Fleet: Knowledge to Action Workshop. The impetus for the workshop is the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative for better ocean observations to ensure sustainable use by future generations. Recent funding by the US National Science Foundation of a $53 million project, Global Ocean Biogeochemistry Array (GO-BGC), to deploy 500 Biogeochemical-Argo profiling floats throughout the world ocean is an important step in this direction. Completion of the planned BGC-Argo system will require establishing collaborations with international partners, including those beyond the G7 nations. The workshop will celebrate these initial international commitments and discuss how to ensure that the combined investment meets the priorities of the G7 and international funders and stakeholders. The workshop will prioritize next steps with partners to ensure full implementation of the array and the international collaboration required to sustain the array into the future.

The scientific applications of the Biogeochemical-Argo array are established and growing. However, the implementation of a new and robust biogeochemical data stream has not yet been incorporated in ocean management and forecasting systems. This workshop will explore the possibilities that a robust stream of data (oxygen, pH, nitrate, chlorophyll, plankton biomass, and derived products such as pCO2, dissolved inorganic carbon) could have in ecosystem management and environmental forecasting. In particular, the workshop will focus on connections between the Biogeochemical-Argo array and fisheries, regional carbon budget verification, and environmental forecasting with consideration of the open ocean to coastal system linkages.

Workshop Format

All of the workshop presentations will be pre-recorded and available for viewing two weeks prior to the speaker’s presentation. Please view the presentations and submit the Google form with your discussion questions prior to the day of the workshop sessions. On the day of their session, speakers will have 5 minutes to present abbreviated versions of their talk. Each session ends with a Panel Discussion with questions drawn from your submissions via the Google Form.

The meeting is open and there is no cost, but you must register using the links shown below. There are separate links for the morning and afternoon sessions. You may register for both if you are unsure which to attend, or wish to participate at different times.

Register for any or all of the morning sessions (0700 PDT/1400 UTC)

Register for any or all of the afternoon sessions (1600PDT/2300 UTC)

Each of five themes will be the focus of one week of the workshop. The schedule and links to the presentations and Google forms are provided below.

Week 1: Introduction to Argo and Biogeochemical Argo

May 4, 2021. 1400-1600 UTC; 2300-0100 UTC

Session Chair – Andrea Fassbender, NOAA PMEL

1400 UTC Session: Register
2300 UTC Session: Register

Talks for this session will be given live, recorded, and made available for viewing after the session.

Session 1 Session 2
1400-1405 2300-2305 Welcome Andrea Fassbender NOAA Pacific Marine Environment Laboratory, USA
1405-1410 2305-2310 Opening Remarks Lisa Clough National Science Foundation, USA
1410-1425 2310-2325 History, Operation, Use, and Future of the Argo Program Toshio Suga Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
1425-1440 2325-2340 Towards a global and three-dimensional view of oceanic ecosystem functioning Hervé Claustre Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche, France
1440-1455​ 2340-2355 Observing ocean health and ecosystem processes with chemical sensors on floats Ken Johnson Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), USA
1455-1535 2355-2435 G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative (FSOI)
G7 FSOI National Focal Points

Maria Hood

Katherine Hill

G7 European Office, MERCATOR Ocean, EU
G7 FSOI Coordination Centre, National Oceanography Center, UK
1535-1600 2435-0100 Panel Discussion Including: David Legler National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA

 

Week 2: Fisheries and Fisheries Management

May 11, 2021. 1400-1530 UTC; 2300-2430 UTC

Session Chair – Cara Wilson, NOAA SWFSC

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2300 UTC Session: Register

Talks for this session will be pre-recorded and made available two weeks before the live, panel event. Please submit questions related to these talks in advance of the session using the link to the Discussion Form below. Questions may be submitted via Zoom during the live, panel event.

*Speaker is attending this live session

Session 1 Session 2
1400-1405* 2300-2305* Fisheries & Fisheries Management and the BGC-Argo Array Cara Wilson NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, USA
1405-1410 2305-2310* INCOIS’s Marine Fishery Advisory Services Srinivasa Kumar Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), India
1410-1415* 2310-2315* Understanding bottom-up processes on the recruitment of local fisheries resources Taketoshi Kodama Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA), Japan
1415-1420​ 2315-2320* Advancing Tropical Tuna Fisheries science with BGC-Argo Mike Seki NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, USA
1420-1425 2320-2325* BGC Argo and Living Marine Resource Management Decisions Across Time Horizons Charles Stock NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, USA
1425-1430* 2325-2330 Forecasting Fish Habitat for Fisheries Management Alistair Hobday Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia
1430-1435 2330-2335* Primary production and dissolved oxygen: Two essential variables for marine species management, but one dimension still missing Patrick Lehodey Collecte Localisation Satellites, France
1435-1530 2335-2430 Panel Discussion Barbara Muhling NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, USA

 

Week 3: Carbon Budget Verification

May 18, 2021. 1400-1530 UTC; 2300-2430 UTC

Session Chair – Joellen Russell, University of Arizona

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Talks for this session will be pre-recorded and made available here two weeks before the live, panel event. Please submit questions related to these talks in advance of the session using the Discussion Form button below. Questions may be submitted via Zoom during the live, panel event.

Week 3 full schedule TBD. View the provisional agenda.

Week 4: Biogeochemical Modeling, Data Assimilation, and Forecasting

May 25, 2021. 1400-1530 UTC; 2300-2430 UTC

Session Chair – Pierre-Yves Le Traon, Mercator Ocean

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Talks for this session will be pre-recorded and made available here two weeks before the live, panel event. Please submit questions related to these talks in advance of the session using the Discussion Form button below. Questions may be submitted via Zoom during the live, panel event.

Week 4 full schedule TBD. View the provisional agenda.

Week 5: Summary Perspectives and Panel Discussion

June 1, 2021. 1400-1600 UTC; 2300-0100 UTC

Session Chair – Ken Johnson, MBARI

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2300 UTC Session: Register

Talks in this session will be given live, recorded, and made available for viewing after the session.

Week 5 full schedule TBD. View the provisional agenda.