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Scientific Forum


The Blue Planet - Nuclear Applications for a Sustainable Marine Environment

17-18 September 2013

The Scientific Forum is taking place 17-18 September 2013 in Board Room D, C-Building, 4th Floor. The Forum will bring together scientists, experts and policy makers from different fields to initiate dialogue and build new partnerships and cooperation to protect and preserve the ecological balance that is vital for the survival of the coastal regions and marine environment. The Forum is being held in conjunction with the General Conference.

Resources

  • The Blue Planet - Nuclear Applications for a Sustainable Marine Environment, Scientific Forum Report to General Conference, 18 September 2013
  • Presentations: A complete listing of all of the presentations delivered at the Scientific Forum is available here, 17-18 September 2013.
  • Director General's Statement to Scientific Forum, 17 September 2013 | Video →
  • H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Statement to Scientific Forum, 17 September 2013 | Video →
  • Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Director General and Executive Secretary, UNESCO, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, France, Statement to Scientific Forum, 17 September 2013 | Video →
  • In Focus: Water
  • IAEA Bulletin: Human well-being and prosperity depend upon healthy oceans and seas. Much of the oxygen we breathe is generated by marine life, while ocean currents transfer heat, playing an important role in maintaining a moderate climate. More →
  • Conference Programme: From 17 to 18 September 2013, the IAEA's Scientific Forum on The Blue Planet - Nuclear Applications for a Sustainable Marine Environment, will bring together scientists, experts and policy makers from different fields to discuss ways to protect and preserve the ecological balance that is vital for the survival of the coastal regions and marine environment. Find more information about the Conference programme and venue here.
  • IAEA Marine Environment Laboratory
  • Monaco Declaration on Oceans, 2008

Additional Resources

Director General Amano Address to Scientific Forum


Director General Yukiya Amano opened the Scientific Forum, stating that in dealing with threats to the health of the seas, governments need accurate data and skilled researchers who can devise accurate models to help predict future conditions, and that way, governments can start implementing the appropriate strategies to protect the seas and oceans. More → :: Statement →

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Meeting Focuses on Nuclear and Isotopic Science to Protect Oceans


Scientific ForumThe marine ecosystems that keep the oceans healthy are subject to increasing stress. Levels of acidity are rising in a process that is taking place at a more rapid pace than ever observed before. This poses risks to all life in the ocean - and all who depend on the oceans. Press Release →


Keeping the Planet Blue - Nuclear Applications for a Healthy Marine Environment


Scientific ForumWe call our earth the "Blue Planet". Over seventy percent of it is indeed covered by water, but is it really blue? Look closely and you will see that in fact it's red, yellow, green, black and brown. Our seas are suffering from pollution which is coming from all kinds of man-made sources. The IAEA works with institutes worldwide to study the impact of marine pollution and find ways to prevent and manage it better. Video →


From Hilltops to Oceans - Managing Pollution in Manila Bay With Isotopic Techniques


Scientific ForumManila is just one of the world’s largest cities that are situated on the water’s edge. For these cities the oceans provide jobs, food and opportunities for transportation and recreation. But as pollutants move downhill, they are ending up on the shores and in the seas. Scientists from the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) are monitoring and managing the pollution in Manila Bay with the support of the IAEA. Video →


Shores of Resilience - Protecting Tunisia's Coastlines with Radionuclide Analysis


Scientific ForumTunisia's coastline stretches for over 1 300 kilometres. It's a major source of income for the people who live along the coast - that's around 80 percent of the country's population. But like many coastal countries around the world, this North African country is trying to cope with the pollution coming from industrial and domestic waste that is affecting the shorelines. The country's National Center of Nuclear Sciences and Technologies (CNSTN) takes part in a regional IAEA project that supports the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques to manage marine pollution. Video →


Oceans of Change - Using Nuclear Science to Study Ocean Acidification


Scientific ForumThe negative impacts of man-made CO2 emissions on the environment are already well researched and documented. But the damaging effects of the increasing amounts of carbon dioxide that are ending up in our seas and oceans are less well known. Marine scientists at the IAEA's Environment Laboratories in Monaco are using a range of nuclear and isotopic techniques to study a process known as "Ocean Acidification", and the impacts it is having and will have on marine life, seafood safety and food security. Video →


One Ocean Under Threat


Scientific Forum"We say oceans, but it is in fact one ocean, interconnected. These highly important ecosystems are under threat because of decades of overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction and unplanned coastal urban and industrial development," said David Osborn, Director of the IAEA Environmental Laboratories in Monaco at the end of the second and final day of the Scientific Forum on Nuclear Applications for a Sustainable Marine Environment during the IAEA 57th Annual General Conference in Vienna, Austria. More →



Live Video Streaming of Scientific Forum


Sessions of the Scientific Forum will be live-streamed during the Forum on 17 and 18 September 2013.