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International ocean science leader visits Hobart
Dr Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, paid a visit to Hobart this week.
Based in Paris, Dr Ryabinin leads the IOC in its efforts to promote international cooperation in ocean science and to coordinate programmes in research, services and capacity-building. These programmes include the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).
The trip to Hobart was a detour in a busy schedule involving meetings in Canberra and Melbourne, followed by an international Indian Ocean meeting in Perth. However Dr Ryabinin said he was very happy to make the journey, describing Hobart as ‘a capital of oceanography’ that is well known and respected in the international arena.
The visit was hosted by Tim Moltmann, IMOS Director and Chair of the GOOS Regional Alliance Council, and John Gunn, CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science and Co-Chair of the GOOS Steering Committee. It involved meetings at CSIRO and the University of Tasmania with Australian scientists holding senior positions on international committees and other bodies relevant to IOC.
“We really appreciated the fact that Dr Ryabinin took the time to come to Hobart and meet with us face to face” said Mr Moltmann. “What shone through in our discussions is the fact that so many global frameworks are now in place that provide pathways for ocean science to have real and lasting societal impact."
"These cover sustainable development, climate change, disaster risk reduction and biodiversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction. This is exciting for our national marine science community with its focus on driving the development of Australia’s blue economy.”
Dr Ryabinin was accompanied by Dr Ray Canterford from the Bureau of Meteorology, who is Australia’s national representative to IOC-UNESCO. This visit was also useful in discussing how the national marine science community can better support Dr Canterford in representing Australia at the IOC.