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Ocean Changemaker: Berring Data Collective

We are extremely happy to share that Cooper Van Vranken has been selected as an ‘Ocean Changemaker‘ at the World Ocean Initiative, arranged by The Economist Group. Cooper is the founder of the Berring Data Collective. This is indeed a game-changer in ocean observing: Using fishing vessels to bring in high quality data from ocean regions where data is most desperately needed, including around Greenland. Check it out, it is already live!

Cooper was invited speaker at our online conference Ocean Data for Ocean Health in September. Afterwards he joined us for the follow up breakfast webinar on alternative platforms for ocean sensors. Cooper collaborates closely with Patrick Gorringe who works EMODnet Physics and at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute. Together they make data collected by fishing vessels available to all users, including ocean and climate researchers, operational forecasters and environmental monitoring agencies. Cooper and co-authors have published their work in Frontier in Marine Science.

Sebastiaan Swart.

“Here for the long run”: SCOOT’s director Sebastiaan Swart’s expanding research at University of Gothenburg

Great news arrived late last year: SCOOT’s director Sebastiaan Swart was awarded 5 years of the prestigious Wallenberg Academy Fellows Prolongation Grant. “I think this makes it official, I am here in Sweden for the long run”, Seb comments. The original Wallenberg grant in 2015 brought Seb to Sweden from his native South Africa. Without Seb’s arrival in Gothenburg we would not have SCOOT today. We are extremely happy for his continuos engagement for the technologies that make ocean science more than a theoretical guesswork.

Seb leads a rapidly expanding research group, focusing on unsolved questions that make the vast Southern Ocean of importance to the global climate. The title of Seb’s Wallenberg fellowship is:”REDUCING FUTURE GLOBAL CLIMATE UNCERTAINTY: Regulation of the ocean’s heat and carbon by small-scale processes in the Antarctic sea-ice regions”.