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 archive page. The impetus for the workshop was the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative for better ocean observations to ensure sustainable use by future generations. 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 celebrated these initial international commitments and discussed how to ensure that the combined investment meets the priorities of the G7 and international funders and stakeholders. The workshop aimed to 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 explored 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 focused 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.

Week 1: Introduction to Argo and Biogeochemical Argo

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

Session Chair – Andrea Fassbender, NOAA PMEL

Talks for this session are available for viewing by following the links below.

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

Talks for this session are available for viewing by following the links below.

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

Talks for this session are available for viewing by following the links below.

Session 1 Session 2
1400-1405 2300-2305 Why we need GO-BGC-Argo for the global carbon budget Andy Watson University of Exeter, UK
1405-1410 2305-2310 How atmospheric and oceanic observations can inform our transition to low carbon: A New
Zealand Case study
Sara Mikaloff Fletcher National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research,
New Zealand
1410-1415 2310-2315 Channelling energy to ecosystems and sequestering atmospheric CO2: seeing plankton with
new eyes
Bob Brewin University of Exeter, UK
1415-1420​ 2315-2320 Advancing carbon verification in an Earth system prediction framework Joellen Russell University of Arizona, USA
1420-1530 2320-2430 Panel Discussion

 

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

Talks for this session are available for viewing by following the links below.

Session 1 Session 2
1400-1405 2300-2305 Overview of the role of BGC Argo for the Copernicus Marine Service and its applications Pierre-Yves Le Traon Mercator Ocean and Copernicus Marine Service, France
1405-1410 2305-2310 Assimilation of biogeochemical data in marine ecosystem models: status and perspectives Stefano Ciavatta Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK
1410-1415 2310-2315 On the use of ocean biogeochemical observations in global retrospective analysis and seasonal to decadal prediction John Dunne NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, USA
1415-1420​ 2315-2320 Assimilation of BGC Argo data in the Mediterranean Sea Gianpiero Cossarini Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale, Italy
1420-1425 2320-2325 BGC-Argo observations and physical-biogeochemical modeling in the North Pacific Fei Chai Univ. of Maine, USA/Second Institute of Oceanography, China
1425-1430 2325-2330 Use of BGC Argo to validate BGC models in the North East Atlantic Elodie Gutknecht Mercator Ocean, France
1430-1435 2330-2335 Global ocean state estimation by using BGC Argo data Shuhei Masuda JAMSTEC, Japan
1435-1440 2335-2340 BGC Argo data processing at Coriolis data center Sylvie Pouliquen Ifremer, France
1440-1530 2340-2430 Panel Discussion

 

Week 5: Summary Perspectives and Panel Discussion

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

Session Chair – Ken Johnson, MBARI

Talks for this session are available for viewing by following the links below.

 

Session 1 Session 2
1400-1405 2300-2305 Welcome Ken Johnson Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA
1405-1420 2305-2320 U.S. Agency Perspectives

Bill Easterling

Craig McLean

Jack Kaye

National Science Foundation

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

1420-1445 2320-2345 Policy Perspectives

Karin Kammann-Klippstein

François Houllier

 

Gideon Henderson

Jane Lubchenco

 

Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), Germany

L’Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER),France

Department of Environment (Defra), UK

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, USA

 

1445-1505​ 2345-0005 Summary Presentation on Cross Cutting Themes Ken Johnson Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA
1505-1600* 0005-0100^ Panel discussion led by participant engagement Lisa Clough National Science Foundation, USA
Laura Lorenzoni National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA
David Legler National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA
*Maria Hood G7 European Office, MERCATOR Ocean, EU
^Katherine Hill G7 FSOI Coordination Centre, National Oceanography Center, UK
Ken Johnson Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA
Oscar Schofield Rutgers University, USA
Andrea Fassbender NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, USA