The deep-sea is still a largely unknown area. Detailed studies of the deep-sea including the seabed are estimated to have been carried out for less than 10% of the world's ocean. Nevertheless we already know that it is a harbinger of a rich biodiversity including deep-sea corals and complex pelagic communities of jellyfish, cephalopods (e.g. squid) and fish species.
Recent and emerging technologies are allowing us to learn more about the deep-sea. But such developments in deep-sea technologies are also increasing the pressure towards exploitation of deep-sea living and non-living resources. As we learn more about the deep-sea there is a pressing need to convert the results from this research into knowledge that can be used for the benefit of society and to inform and support policy making to ensure sustainable management of the deep-sea.
This half-day event, organized by EurOcean and its Member FRCT (Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia), is an opportunity to learn about some of the most recent technological developments that have helped improve our understanding of deep-sea biodiversity, ecosystems and geomorphology. Results from deep-sea exploration around the Azores will be presented. Furthermore there will be discussions on the specific knowledge needed to support decision making for the deep-sea and opportunities that could be leveraged in the upcoming Horizon Europe Framework Programme. Finally, practical approaches to implementing best practices in relation to marine knowledge transfer will be considered based on outcomes of recent projects.