Convening international leaders to boost ocean observation globally.

Event details

Date & Time:
November 30, 2023 8:00 AM
December 12, 2023 4:00 PM
Time Zone:
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Registration Deadline:

The annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from November 30 to December 12, 2023.

The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), led by Dalhousie University, will elevate the role of the ocean in the fight against climate change by convening events and meetings with leaders in science, industry, policy, and philanthropy.

The need for an ocean observing system

Armed with our new $400 million Transforming Climate Action research program that will investigate the role of the ocean in climate change, OFI will push to expand and improve ocean observations worldwide to:

  • improve climate forecasting to inform government and industry climate strategies
  • enable responsible marine carbon dioxide removal to achieve climate mitigation at scale

The strategic place to start is with our proposed North Atlantic Carbon Observatory (NACO). The Observatory would provide permanent and urgently needed ocean observations in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The role of the ocean in climate change

The ocean plays a critical role in regulating Earth’s climate. It has absorbed more than 90 per cent of the excess heat and almost 30 per cent of the excess carbon dioxide caused by human activity.

Consequences of these changes include extreme weather events, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, coral reef mortality, and an increase in low-oxygen zones. Despite this, international investment in ocean observing systems has not kept pace with the need for critical information to guide decision-making.

Ocean carbon reservoir by size

The urgency

As the planet continues on a path to exceed 1.5°C increase over pre-industrial temperatures, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded that society will need to bolster emissions cuts with carbon dioxide removal to meet the goals laid out in the Paris Agreement.

To achieve this responsibly and successfully, the world needs baseline ocean data, which can only be achieved through robust and integrated ocean observation.

Please click the titles below to learn more about each event.
North Atlantic Carbon Observatory
Date: December 1, 2023
Time: 17:00 - 18:00  GST
Location: Ocean Pavilion
Sustainable Blue Economy
Date: December 2, 2023
Time: 17:00 - 18:00 GST
Location: Jameel Arts Centre
Earth Information Day
Date: December 3, 2023
Time: 10:00 - 13:00 GST
Location: Plenary 2
Catalyzing Investments
Date: December 3, 2023
Time: 16:00 - 17:15 GST
Location: Nature Pavilion
Global Greenhouse Gas
Date: December 4, 2023
Time: 12:15 - 13:15 GST
Location: Science for Climate Action Pavilion
Date: December 5, 2023
Time: 15:30 - 16:30 GST
Location: Ocean Pavilion
Future of Deep Ocean Observation
Date: December 6, 2023
Time: 15:30 - 16:30  GST
Location: Ocean Pavilion
North Atlantic Carbon Observatory Workshop
Date: December 7, 2023
Time: 10:00 - 17:00  GST
Location: Off-site from COP28 (invite only)
Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal
Date: December 9, 2023
Time: 11:00 - 12:00 GST
Location: Ocean Pavilion
Blue Technology
Date: December 9, 2023
Time: 11:00 - 12:00 GST
Location: Clean Resource Innovation Network Pavilion
Transforming Ocean-Climate Action
Date: December 9, 2023
Time: 17:00 - 18:00 GST
Location: Canada Pavilion
Knowledge-Based Decision-Making
Date: December 10, 2023
Time: 17:00 - 18:00 GST
Location: Clean Resource Innovation Network Pavilion
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Greg Hanna
Manager, Communications and Public Relations