On behalf of the Belmont Forum, we invite you to a researcher matching webinar with the World Ocean Council on Friday, May 16th at 10am ET. Webex details, including a link to international dialing options, are below.

The World Ocean Council brings together a diverse ocean business community to engage in science targeted towards responsible stewardship of shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, and renewable energy, among others. It also represents a coalition of industry involved in maritime law and insurance for effective ocean policy and planning.

The World Ocean Council is a partner in the Belmont Forum Call for Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability (http://igfagcr.org/cra-2014-arctic-observing-and-research-sustainability). The call requires natural scientists, social scientists, and end users on each proposal and strongly encourages private sector participation, both as partners and as partial co-funding sources. Paul Holthus, CEO of the World Ocean Council, and a panelist of industry experts, will be hosting a webinar to help connect academics and end users with the range of ocean industry partners that the World Ocean Council represents.

Posters are invited on the topics of Technology and Innovation at the Arctic Observing Summit: http://www.arcticobservingsummit.org/poster-abstract-submission

The 2nd Arctic Observing Summit will be held 9-11 April 2014 in Helsinki: http://www.assw2014.fi.

Background

On October 31, 2013, a kick-off webinar was held by the National Science Foundation to introduce 35 questions grouped in 8 thematic areas which address best practices for long-term observing management and governance. Over the next 20 weeks, 9 webinars will be held to further delve into each of the 8 themes: (1) Definition, (2) Life cycle and horizons, (3) Review: frequency, criteria, and process, (4) Network relevance, (5) Funding models, (6) Award structure and management, (7) Information sharing and communication, and (8) National and global connectivity. The ninth webinar will be a wrap-up discussion and assessment of current exchanges on these 8 themes.

For a list of the 35 questions within these 8 thematic areas, please visit www.arctichub.net and click on the "Long Term Observing Management Discussion Group" link on the home page and then click Discussion on the left-hand side of the group page.

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