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September 6, 2022 - September 8, 2022
Challenger Society Conference – special session
A decade of deep ocean science for sustainable development
Session Leads: Professor Kerry Howell, University of Plymouth, UK; Dr Rui Vieira, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), UK
Understanding deep-sea ecosystems is important to predict the magnitude of changes due to climate change and human activities and to provide evidence-base to inform policymakers in the support for future management and conservation strategies. The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030) represents a once in a generation opportunity towards a more sustainable future for deep oceans. A roadmap for the Deep Ocean Decade, published in 2018, recognises the deep sea as the frontier for discovery, calling for the scientific community to advance the understanding of ecology, functions and services of deep oceans. This session welcomes submissions of deep-sea science to support sustainable development, and those that reflect societal issues of years to come. We encourage submissions that reflect the deep-sea community ambition of an inclusive programme bringing together the Challenger community.