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Technology, Data and New Models for Sustainably Managing Ocean Resources

This Blue Paper examines the role that ocean data and technology could play in securing a better understanding and stewardship of the ocean and its resources.

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This paper examines existing and breakthrough technologies, such as drones, artificial intelligence 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.

‘Technology, Data and New Models for Sustainably Managing Ocean Resources’ launched on 23 January 2020 at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. 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 in the WRI blog post ‘Harnessing the Power of the Ocean Data Revolution’, by Blue Paper authors Jim Leape, Mark Abbott and Annie Brett; and Secretariat team members Ines Aguiar Branco and Johannes Friedrich.

Watch Peter Thomson and Jim Leape’s UN Web TV interview entitled ‘Life Below Water, One Ocean, Seventeen SDGs’ (UN SDG Media Zone, Davos, Switzerland (21-23 January 2020).

The Blue Paper authors also share insights in the Nature Comment ‘Ocean Data Need a Sea Change to Help Navigate the Warming World‘.

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

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