This week, people across the world have come together at the United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference in Lisbon (Portugal) and online. The conference opened with a call for urgent action to tackle ocean emergency. In addition to the plenary sessions, there were Interactive Dialogues, Special Events and many side events.  On this occasion, the European Commission launched the Mission Charter which calls for joining efforts to achieve the objectives of the Mission ‘Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030’.
The importance of ocean literacy and education was highlighted in several side events. Two examples include:
Data is key to understanding how we influence the ocean and how the ocean influences us. Did you know that there are map layers showing the position of oceanographic instruments that automatically collect ocean data and monitor the seas in the European Atlas of the Seas? The Map of the Week combines three map layers showing respectively underwater gliders, ferrybox systems and argo floats:
Click on the instruments on the map to learn more!
The data in this map are provided by EMODnet.