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Scientific Forum

The Blue Planet - Nuclear Applications for a Sustainable Marine Environment

17-18 September 2013


Opening Session

The marine ecosystems that keep the oceans healthy are subject to increasing stress. Levels of acidity are rising in a process that is taking place at a more rapid pace than ever observed before. This poses risks to all life in the ocean - and all who depend on the oceans. At the Scientific Forum, experts discussed this multi-faceted problem and ways to tackle it.

Video Video of Presentations: Opening Session →

Opening Session Presentations:

Session I:  Oceans of Change

This session of the Scientific Forum focused on the particular challenge of climate change and ocean acidification. The session highlighted the Ocean Acidification - International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) established at the IAEA laboratories in Monaco.

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Session I Presentations:

  • Sam Dupont, Researcher, Coordinator of the Ocean Acidification Infrastructure Facility, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences - Kristineberg, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Bill Dewey, Public Policy and Communications Director, Taylor Shellfish Company, USA
  • Rashid Sumaila, Professor and Director, Fisheries Economics Research Unit at UBC Fisheries Centre, Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Denis Allemand, Scientific Director, Centre Scientifique de Monaco, Monaco
  • Paul Holtus, President and Founding CEO, World Ocean Council, USA
  • Raphaël Bille, Programme Director Biodiversity and Adaptation, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations, France
  • Carlos Alonso Hernández, Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente, Laboratorio de Vigilancia Radiológica-Ambiental, Centro de Estudios Ambientales de Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos Laboratory, Cuba

Session II:  Hilltops-to-Oceans

This session addressed both radioactive and non-radioactive pollution of coastal and marine ecosystems, emphasising the fact that most marine pollution stems from land-based sources. The session explored how nuclear techniques can assist industry and municipal authorities to reduce the impacts of land-based sources of marine pollution.

Video Video of Presentations: Session II: Part I → | Part II →

Session II Presentations:

  • José Marcus Godoy, Associated Professor, Laboratório de Caracterização de Águas, Departamento de Química, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Michio Aoyama, Senior Scientist, Geochemical Research Department, Meteorological Research Institute, Japanese Meteorological Agency, Meteorological Research Institute, Japan
  • Yimnang Golbuu, CEO and Chief Researcher, Palau International Coral Reef Center, Republic of Palau
  • Richard Banati, Professor and Chair of Medical Radiation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Director National Imaging Facility ANSTO - University of Sydney Node, Australia
  • William Cooper, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of the Urban Water Research Center, University of California / Urban Water Research Center, USA
  • Bumsoo Han, CEO, EB-Tech, Republic of Korea
  • Suresh Pillai, Professor of Microbiology, Director, National Center for Electron Beam Food Research, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Ashok Ghosh, Ex-Director, Health and Safety Group, Raja Ramana Fellow, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, India

Session III:  Shores of Resilience

This session emphasized how nuclear and isotopic techniques are improving global understanding of coastal processes and their role in sustainable development while engendering appropriate management responses that build the resilience of coastal and marine systems.

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Session III Presentations:

  • Jacqueline Alder, Head, Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems Branch, United Nations Environment Programme, Kenya
  • Catherine Chague-Goff, Research Fellow, Institute for Environmental Research, ANSTO and School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Fernando Siringan, Professor, University of the Philippines, Marine Science Institute, Philippines
  • Rudolf Wu, Chair Professor and Director, School of Biological Sciences, University of Hong-Kong, China
  • Ashley Townsend, Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, Central Science Laboratory, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Elvis Nyarko, Head of Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences, University of Ghana, Ghana
  • Joan-Albert Sánchez-Cabeza, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, Mexico

Closing Session

In this final session of the Scientific Forum, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said despite the possibility of a bleak future for mankind if the stress place on the ocean continues, there is room for optimism because we understand the issue, and there are many countries and organisations around the world which are collaborating to find and implement workable solutions. In order to implement these solutions globally, Governments need to take the issue seriously and place ocean stress factors, like ocean acidification, high on their policy agendas.

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