The world’s ocean economy is worth between USD 3 trillion and USD 6 trillion, as per UNCTAD’s Trade and Environment Review, and offers vast opportunities for developing countries to build resilience. In addition to conventional ocean-based sectors like fisheries, ports and shipping, coastal and marine tourism, etc., countries around the world are exploring new avenues for growth, including ocean-based renewable energy, deep sea exploration, underwater infrastructure, etc. This necessitates the development of a blue economy which strikes the right balance between benefitting from the ocean, and protecting its resources.
The development of blue economy raises the need for evolution of the domain of hydrography and oceanography, and its stakeholders. Hydrospatial or marine geospatial information is crucial for all activities under the umbrella of blue economy, and beyond. The development of hydrospatial infrastructures which encompass policies, technology, data, collaborations, standards, and other components for the holistic development of marine geospatial ecosystem, is imperative for this integration.
The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development aims to generate qualitative and quantitative ocean knowledge to inform the development of solutions which can help in achieving its vision of ‘the science we need for the ocean we want’. The development of holistic hydrospatial infrastructures considering the evolving use cases and demand will support innovation, and aid in the generation of knowledge and the development of solutions for equitable and sustainable development of the blue economy under changing environmental, social and climate conditions.
Norwegian Mapping Authority
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)
Hannah Brocke is co-founder and COO of the company planblue, which develops underwater satellites to build up a global seafloor database at high detail. Why the seafloor It plays a key role in tackling the main issues we face today: climate change, biodiversity loss and plastic waste pollution. Planblue combines AI with advanced imaging (incl. hyperspectral) and underwater navigation. Via its seafloor database, planblue enables the sustainable use and conservation of our oceans resources.
Netherlands Hydrographic Service - Royal Netherlands Navy
Kimberly Mathisen is a CEO and board member who loves the challenge of helping organizations find new sources of energy and growth and more innovative and sustainable business models.
In January 2022, Kimberly became the CEO of HUB Ocean, a non-profit foundation aimed at becoming the world's ocean data collaboration hub. Their goal is to change the fate of the ocean by unleashing the power of data, technology, and collaboration. HUB Ocean is an affiliate of the World Economic Forum's Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) network.
She has more than 25 years of experience in the private sector in Digitalization and Technology, Branded Consumer Goods, and Pharmaceuticals in North America, Europe and Asia, most recently leading a period of enormous growth and transformation as the General Manager of Microsoft Norway.
She serves on the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG and the Board of Directors of Aker Biomarine and Aize. She has been named as one of Norway's most influential leaders by Kapital and one of Norway's top female executives in technology by Abelia and Oda Network.
Head - EMODnet Secretariat
With 15 years of expertise in marine science, Dr. Kate Larkin is a seasoned professional at the science-policy interface, specializing in marine data for evidence-based policy, Blue Economy operations, and conservation. Starting at the NOC, U.K., she earned her Ph.D. in deep-sea biogeochemistry and managed the EuroSITES open ocean observatories project. Later, as the Head of EMODnet Secretariat, Kate leads Seascape Belgium bvba's Marine Knowledge. Passionate about ocean literacy, she communicates complex issues through data and storytelling. In 2022, she contributed to citizen science in the Norwegian Arctic, showcasing her commitment to marine awareness and sustainability.
Head of Partnerships
Steve Hall is an independent consultant working in the ocean science, technology, defence and policy fields. He is Chartered Marine Scientist & Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology, a Fellow of the Society for Underwater Technology, and an elected Member of the Board of the Marine Technology Society. Steve has over three decades experience including being elected as vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO 2015-17 and helping develop the concept that led to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
He worked 27 years for the UK Natural Environment Research Council mainly at the National Oceanography Centre, where his roles included seagoing tracer chemistry analysis, managing early Autosub AUV science missions, enhancing tsunami warning systems, leading the international office, and writing policy responses, position papers & drafting minister's responses on a wide range of ocean subjects from fisheries & marine spatial planning to nuclear submarine decommissioning and new marine legislation. Steve left the public sector in 2017 to become CEO of the Society for Underwater Technology, and later CEO at Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum & Marine Energy Wales, before moving into freelance consultancy. His main client is the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project where he leads on partnerships with industry, and he also works on UN Ocean Decade-related projects, advice to industry clients, and pro-bono support for ocean Learned Societies, Charities and Professional Bodies.
Steve is also a podcaster, having established SUT's Underwater Technology Podcast and latterly the Seabed 2030 Podcast; and is a licensed drone operator providing video & stills footage for clients in the archaeological and environmental imaging sector.
Danish Geodata Agency
Founder & CEO
Geoscientific System & Data Specialist I
The Hydrospatial Infrastructure and Blue Economy Summit aims to define the demand for ocean knowledge and opportunities for growth in the blue economy, ideate the components of a holistic hydrospatial infrastructure for the development of integrated ocean knowledge solutions, and discuss the impact of demand-driven ocean knowledge solutions on the economy, society, and the environment. The summit will have sessions on the following topics:
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