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The Oceans and Environment Network  is comprised of Marine Scientists, Offshore Sector, Maritime Industry, Operation Managers, Government representatives and all interested personnel.

Workshops and Seminars are held throughout the year, delivered by experts in the industry, Bodies and Institutes.

Our job is to facilitate and ensure that all disciplines in this sector remain updated connected and informed

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General 

 

The oceans of the world play a fundamental role in the climate system:

 

  • They are the source of water in the hydrological cycle.

  • They are the main long-term sink for atmospheric carbon dioxide and play an important role in controlling the rate at which carbon dioxide is increasing in the atmosphere.

  • They absorb much of the heat radiated by the sun and transport this heat around the globe through currents, eddies and gyres.


Over the last two centuries, humans have emitted about 480 billion tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere as a result of deforestation and burning fossil fuels. Of this, the oceans have absorbed between 99 and 137 billion tonnes.


As our climate changes, so too do ocean conditions and processes. This is not only affecting life in the ocean but also life on the land, as the ocean changes then feedback into the climate system, causing further changes.

Globally, over 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal resources, marine fisheries employ over 200 million people, and marine industries generate about 5% of the global GDP. Oceans significantly contribute to food and nutrition security

It is essential that economic activity in the oceans can proceed while at the same ensuring that important marine ecosystems are protected from potential damage.

Offshore oil and gas activities account for almost a third of global oil output and a quarter of gas output. They are major contributors to global energy supply. Some parts of the world, that were so far relatively untouched by these activities, are now seeing the significant and rapid development of this economic sector; this is particularly true in West Africa, where some major gas discoveries have been made in recent years. Off the coast of Mauritania and Senegal, for example, the exploration of certain wells has revealed reserves of up to 425 billion m³.

The first exploration operations are expected to begin in 2022. Alongside climate change issues, the intensification of these activities and their multiplication in these new regions is resulting in an increase in threats to the marine environment and to local populations.

Oceans and Environment is dedicated to ensuring that all disciplines within the industry remain updated, connected and informed. The network is free to join.