June 27, 2022
An international deep-sea research network based at Bigelow Laboratory has recently been endorsed by the United Nations as an Ocean Decade Action. The project, led by Senior Research Scientist Beth Orcutt, is a global effort to accelerate scientific understanding of the environmental impacts of human activity on seafloor environments.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization announced in June that this is one of 63 efforts around the world endorsed as part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. These projects address priority issues including marine pollution, management and restoration of marine ecosystems, and ocean-climate interactions.
“This endorsement says that what we aim to deliver is an important part of ocean science for sustainable development, and signals to potential supporters that our ideas have been vetted at a global level,” Orcutt said. “It will help us to attract additional partners, get our message to a larger and more diverse group of people, and enable additional participants to benefit from the programming that we can provide.”