Ocean science for meeting & setting policy requirements in a changing world

Stephen Hall (NOC), Dr Bev Mackenzie (IMAREST)

As new national & international legislation and conventions come into force science is always required to underpin decision-making and ensure compliance – new discoveries also drive new legislation. With limited funding for science, governments are tempted to focus limited resources on research and data in areas where the country has some statutory obligation, or to meeting societal need such as defence or support for marine commerce. 

Are there implications for funding research that doesn’t fit into legislative requirements?

Which ocean science parameters are the UK and partner nations obliged to report on?

How do researchers make the most of the opportunities that these obligations present?

Are there new discoveries on the horizon that might require new legislation?

What is the role of industry, citizen scientists, NGOs and other ‘non-traditional actors’ in acquisition of data, and how will this evolve as new marine protected areas, new legislation, and new monitoring regimes for areas beyond national jurisdiction develop over the next decade?

How will career pathways for young scientists adapt to a changing world?