​​MBON Side Event at the Group on Earth Observations XIV Plenary 

Tuesday Oct. 24. 14:30-16:30 (US eastern)

The presentations will be live streamed. Click to participate.  

Speakers include:

  • ​Keynote address: Nancy Knowlton, Smithsonian Institution, The importance of biodiversity and tools for marine biodiversity Earth Observing from in situ to satellite

  • MBON Overview: Gabrielle Canonico, NOAA US IOOS

  • Demonstration of MBON products to support SDGs: Ben Best, Ecoquants and Enrique Montes, Univerity of South Florida

  • Panel Discussion: MBON Future and Value for SDGs and Global Assessments   Steve Gittings, NOAA Office of the National Marine Sanctuaries, Pat Halpin, Duke University and Michael Ott, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission


​​​​U.S. MBON Data Strategies Discussed at ESIP
MBON data integration and coordination strategies were discussed in two sessions at the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) annual winter meeting, Bethesda, MD, USA, 11-13 January 2017.  Read more.

Organizations Sign Agreement to Coordinate Global System
December 2016. The GEO BON Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO MBON), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS BioEco panel), and the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) signed a letter of agreement to join efforts towards a sustained, coordinated global ocean system of marine biological and ecosystem observations to support management decisions and address science and societal needs.  Read more: OBIS article and GOOS article.  

U.S. MBON Projects Defining Common Standards and Methods
The researchers working on the three U.S. MBON projects (Arctic, Santa Barbara Channel Island and Sanctuaries MBON) have been collaborating across projects to define and develop common methods and standards which can be used as model practices for a national network.  In 2016, the projects made major advances in developing relational online biodiversity portals enrolling  datasets provided by multiple independent programs, including the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) programs, fisheries (e.g. NOAA’s Fisheries Science Centers).  Researchers gave presentations at 2017 ESIP, the 2016 Ocean Sciences and AGU conferences and published manuscripts. 

In January 2017, the National Ocean Service featured  ​Gabrielle Canonico, U.S. IOOS MBON program manager in their podcast. Canonico discussed  the importance of integrating existing datasets into portals, and how MBON is working to increase our understanding of life in the ocean. Click to listen/read.

NOS Podcast: Gabrielle Canonico U.S. IOOS MBON Program Manager

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