The Oceans Communication Center (CCOceanos) will hold a lecture on the 17th of September, at 6 pm, dedicated to the theme of climate change and ocean forecasting.
The event, to be held in a livestream format from the Pharmacy Museum, in Lisbon, will be broadcast to the whole world, with a special focus on the Portuguese-speaking world, through the digital platforms of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC) and the Instituto Camões.
Entitled “Climate Change/Ocean Forecasting, Part II”, the initiative is part of the special cycle of lectures “CCOceanos: Decade of the Ocean”, in partnership with UNESCO-COI, which has brought together Portuguese and Portuguese speaking Portuguese official.
The panel of invited speakers for this lecture is composed by João Vitorino, oceanographer responsible for the Monitoring Network of the Cannon Submarino da Nazaré (Hydrographic Institute); Rui Rosa, assistant professor with aggregation at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon; and Alexander Turra, professor at the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo (IOUSP), in Brazil.
As explained by the nautical journalist Nysse Arruda, founder and curator of the Ocean Communication Center, this special series of lectures aims to present several themes related to the latest UN initiative in the scope of the ocean.
It is recalled that, at the end of 2017, the United Nations proclaimed the completion of the Decade of Oceanic Sciences for Sustainable Development, for the period from 2021 to 2030, remembering that the oceans (which cover 71% of the Earth’s surface) are “the more powerful climate regulators ”.
“We want to take the opportunity to make Portugal a pole of communication and sharing updated information and knowledge about the ocean, involving in this process the entire universe of Portuguese speaking”, says curator Nysse Arruda.
This series of lectures has the institutional support of UNESCO-IOC, coordinating entity for the preparation of the Decade of the Ocean (http://oceandecade.org). This support translates into the identification and selection of themes for the lectures, the international dissemination of the link to the livestream of the event and the link to the COOceanos Talks video library with the videos from previous sessions available on YouTube.
Vinicius Grunberg Lindoso, communication officer for UNESCO-IOC, says that the collaboration with the CCOceanos arose from the desire to increase the number of informative actions on the ocean and on the UN proclamation among the Portuguese public and the Lusophone community in general. The goal, he reiterates, is to create a greater understanding of the issues that will be addressed at the 2nd UN Conference on the Oceans to be held in Lisbon, an event that was postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The current pandemic crisis is also the reason why this lecture will be held without a live audience, but only in livestream live from the Pharmacy Museum, which will welcome the speakers, the curator and the technical team for online transmission.
The event has the exclusive sponsorship of the Ageas Portugal Group and the support of several national and international entities. In addition to the recent renewal of the institutional partnership with the Camões Institute, the IPMA, the Casa da América Latina, the UCCLA, the CNC, the Hydrographic Institute, the Lisbon Science Academy, the Ministries of the Sea and the Environment and the Lisbon City Council. In the group of international entities are the non-governmental organizations Marine MegaFauna Mozambique, and the Brazilian NGOs Onda Verde and the League of Women for the Ocean.