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International seminar on marine intelligence in Malta

A map of sea surface current generated by the Calypso high-frequency radar observing system.

A map of sea surface current generated by the Calypso high-frequency radar observing system.

A range of marine data applications showcasing the result of marine intelligence will be presented by international speakers at a seminar in Malta on Wednesday.

The seminar will kick off the Interreg V-A Italia-Malta Calypso South project, which is led by the Physical Oceanography Research Group of the University of Malta’s Department of Geosciences.

The seminar will show how data and information in the digi­tal age are spearheading the evol­ution of marine services to serve stakeholder demands and boost research and innovation applications, such as within the ambit of Blue Growth – the European Commission’s initiative to further harness the potential of Europe’s oceans, seas and coasts, for sustainable growth, jobs and value.

Expert speakers from Europe and the US will highlight the application and valorisation of ocean data in its wide range and different scales of usage, ranging from global ocean domains down to the local coastal seas, and from long-term variability and climate change assessments down to operational-scale day-to-day services and applications.

Marine intelligence is shaping competitiveness, product development and enhancement of services

Intelligence can be defined in many ways but its primary meaning relates to the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills. In an era when the impact of information technology is a key driving force of the knowledge economy, the creation and support of intelligence becomes critical to excellence.

Essential ingredients for intelligence in the digital age include a) the ability to access, share, codify, reuse and transform data and information into knowledge; b) the creation and recreation of hierarchical levels of increasing complexity of interpretation, merging and synthesis of data; and c) the organised use of increasingly ramified networks and clusters of distributed activities.

This is also the shape of things in the marine sector. The advent of multi-disciplinary, spatially widespread, long-term and real-time marine data and information is triggering an unprecedented leap in the economic value of ocean data. This is bringing about a paradigm shift in our perception of the value of marine data, information and knowledge for managing ma­rine resources, and furnish di­rect applications and benefits to many sectors in industry and services such as marine transportation, safety and public health.

Marine intelligence, as it is called, is in this sense shaping competitiveness, product development and enhancement of services.

Officers from relevant local responsible entities and ministries, entrepreneurs in marine-related initiatives, environmental managers, marine scientists and students, as well as interested members of the public are invited to attend the seminar, which will be held at the db San Antonio, Qawra, on Wednesday from 1.30 to 5.30pm.

Participation is free of charge, but interested parties are asked to register by sending their details by e-mail to the seminar organiser, Prof. Aldo Drago, at aldo.drago@um.edu.mt, with copy to the seminar secretariat at raisa.galea-degiovanni@um .edu.mt.

For more information, visit the seminar webpage below.

www.capemalta.net/calypso-south

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