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Technology, Data and New Models for Sustainably Managing Ocean Resources

This paper examines existing and breakthrough technologies, such as drones, AI, and blockchains, and the associated challenges and possibilities they pose for ocean management and improving understanding of ecosystems and human interactions with the ocean.

It also explores potential markets that could stimulate demand for ocean data and ways public and private players can drive the deployment of these new models.

The authors for this paper are: Jim Leape, Mark Abbott, Hide Sakaguchi, Annie Brett, Ling Cao, Kevin Chand, Yimnang Golbuu, Tara Martin, Juan Mayorga, and Mari S. Myksvoll.

‘Technology, Data and New Models for Sustainably Managing Ocean Resources’ launched on 23rd January 2020, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson, Ocean Panel Sherpa Co-chair Vidar Helgesen, and Blue Paper author Jim Leape highlighted the importance of the findings.

Read more on the WRI blog 'Harnessing the Power of the Ocean Data Revolution', by Blue Paper authors Jim Leape, Mark Abbott and Annie Brett; Secretariat team members Ines Aguiar Branco and Johannes Friedrich, and find Peter and Jim’s UN Web TV interview here. The Blue Paper authors also share insights in the Nature Comment 'Ocean data need a sea change to help navigate the warming world'.


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