COP27: The important role of deep blue carbon

Exploring the the need to invest in ocean observation in order to achieve net zero.

Event details

Date & Time:
November 8, 2022 10:15 AM
November 8, 2022 11:15 AM
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Registration Deadline:
November 8, 2022

In this panel discussion, nations were called on to invest in ocean observation to meet urgent climate targets.

Having absorbed 40 per cent of fossil fuel emissions and 90 per cent of the heat produced by humans, the ocean controls our climate. But this function is changing – and how fast is becoming more uncertain. Importantly, 95 per cent of ocean carbon is “deep blue carbon” in the high seas beyond national jurisdictions. The ocean is critically under-observed.

This lack of information is undermining our ability to predict long-term climate change and weather events. The risk to our economy and our planet is too great to ignore.

The Ocean Frontier Institute proposed the North Atlantic Carbon Observatory to serve as an initial framework for nations to join forces to consider how to measure, manage and report on carbon – enabling better climate forecasts to inform global climate policy and strategy.

Beginning with a brief video focused on deep blue carbon, the event consisted of keynote addresses and a panel discussion with:

Anya Waite

Dr. Anya Waite

Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute

The Honourable Bernard Davis

The Honourable Bernard Davis

Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Toste Tanhua

Dr. Toste Tanhua

Co-Chair, Global Ocean Observing System

Anthony Rea

Dr. Anthony Rea

Director of Infrastructure, World Meteorological Organization

Our event was held at the COP27 Canada Pavilion.

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