Marine Debris Indicators: What’s Next?

An IEEE OES event
16-18 December 2019 – Brest, FRANCE

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IEEE OES Initiative
Cascais 2020 Workshop
Oceans 2019 Town Hall
Brest 2018 Workshop

Marine debris pose a mounting threat to life in the oceans and on land, including human life, and technologies to observe, measure and monitor the flow of debris into, and within, the oceans are urgently needed in support of mitigating the threat.

Best Practices: Single Repository and/or a Distributed Network?

Pier Luigi Buttigieg, Scott Caltagirone, Jay Pearlman

AWI, E84, IEEE/Four Bridges

The need to develop best practices for the detection of and response to marine debris is increasingly urgent. Many key methodologies have emerged, but those that are digitised are currently scattered across web-pages with uncertain futures, project deliverables, and publications. This fractured space impedes harmonised discoverability, reuse, and community-driven evolution of methods into true best practices. Here, we present the IOC-UNESCO Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS) to address these concerns. The OBPS comprises a sustained archive - enhanced with advanced indexing, discovery, and interoperability technologies - built along the FAIR principles (rendering methods Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). Other components include a partner journal, training modules, and user engagement and support processes. While some content on marine debris is already present in the OBPS, there remains much to do to serve this key community. We invite feedback and guidance from the community to enhance the OBPS' capacities to support observation, research, and operations focused on marine debris. We also pose the question: how can the OBPS interoperate with existing stores of methods in this field?

Type of contribution: Presentation.

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