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UK commitments on marine science
by United Kingdom (Government)
The UK pledges to work actively with international partners in a range of major issues such as strengthening global ocean observations, world ocean assessments and data sharing. Strengthening our scientific understanding of ongoing ocean changes and their impact on economies will enable more appropriate and coordinated policies to be developed that ensure the sustainable use of the oceans and seas.

We pledge to use the opportunities presented by the development of new technologies, such as through the development of autonomous and robotic sampling platforms, new sensors for biogeochemical and ecological parameters, big data and enhanced ocean monitoring transformation to think of new and innovative ways to conduct science, monitoring and assessment in the ocean as well as improve the quality of information products to inform decision making.

The UK will engage internationally to more effectively influence research and policy globally across broad themes, including resource use and the understanding of environmental change.
Progress reports
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Data access and sharing
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Other (please specify): Improve ocean assessments
December 2020
This commitment will strengthen both bilateral and multilateral collaboration in ocean observation, monitoring, data collection and assessments between October 2017 and 2020. Working closely with international partners to strengthen our scientific knowledge of on-going ocean changes and their impact will enable us to develop more coordinated and effective policies that ensure the sustainable use of the oceans and seas.
Staff / Technical expertise
Expertise from BEIS, Defra, Cefas, NOC
Basic information
Time-frame: October 2017 - December 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK (Government) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), UK (Government) Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Science (Cefas), UK (Government) National Oceanography Centre (NOC), UK (Academic Institution)
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
  • North Atlantic
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Chris Pile, Head of Multilateral Global Research and Innovation, chris.pile@beis.gov.uk , +44 (0)7769458262
London, UK
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