The Belmont Forum called for proposals on ‘Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability’. Along with Future Earth and JPI Oceans, they aim to gather researchers and other expertise to advance sustainable use of the ocean and minimize the effects of climate change. The deadline for project pre-registration is 31 January 2019.
Research consortia will bring together natural and social sciences and other societal partners, including the private sector, to design, develop and implement these efforts.
For research consortia interested in proposing projects, the World Ocean Council (WOC) provides a private sector partner focused on global multi-industry leadership, collaboration and action for ocean science and sustainable development.
Furthermore, the Belmont Forum invited research consortia to address one or both of the following topics:
Pathways for sustainable and equitable use of oceans
This topic focuses on the environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts of living and non-living resource extraction, and non-extractive industries, like shipping and tourism. Research in this area should address the affects of economic activities on ecosystems, humans, as well as the capacities of social systems to respond to these impacts.
Minimizing impacts of global change
Sustainably using the ocean depends on a better understanding of the multi-scale changes in ocean systems, and the effects of the multiple causes of these changes. Applications addressing this topic should include research on the interactions between stressors, such as:
- Climate change;
- Ocean acidification;
- Food scarcity;
- Biological processes;
- Ocean dynamics.
This call regards medium-sized research projects with 3 to 4 years’ duration. The development of research consortia, supported financially by at least three participating partner agencies established in three different countries, is a key criterion. Global geographic diversity to increase the scalability and applicability of project outcomes is encouraged as well.