OECD Science and Technology Policy Ministerial


Pierre Bahurel

Mercator Ocean International



Pierre BAHUREL is the Director General of Mercator Ocean International, an expert organisation monitoring and forecasting the ocean environment worldwide for operational, scientific and policy purposes. Pierre has been leading Mercator Ocean since its creation by public institutions in 1995 and developing the organization since then, fostering digital oceanography general-interest services and international opening of the governance to create a unique centre in Europe. He has federated a large community of partners to deliver for the EU the Copernicus marine service which is recognized by thousands of users on all continents and provide them with a unique numerical description of the ocean environment on an open and free basis. He is deeply involved in the international structuration of operational oceanography towards a sustainable ocean, supporting a green and digital transition of the society where ocean knowledge is made accessible to every citizen. He is committed to contributing to the United Nations Decade of Oceanography for Sustainable Development, and chairs the OceanPrediction decade collaboration centre, whose primary aim is to enhance and develop ocean prediction capacity on every continent. Building on the momentum he has raised, Mercator Ocean International has begun its transformation into an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to digital oceanography and ocean forecasting, to better support States and international organisations towards a science-based governance for a sustainable ocean.

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