One Planet One Ocean - UNESCO

"One Planet One Ocean" is the motto of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, organizer – together with the Oceanography Society and the FNOB – of the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference (IORC). This 2nd International Ocean Research Conference (IORC) will take place in Barcelona on 17-21 November 2014, almost 10 years after the inaugural IORC.

The conference is organized in close collaboration with the FNOB and also defines the appeal of the Barcelona World Race 2014/15 in terms of sustainability and ecology. It is an opportunity for the scientific community to come together to plan the coming decade of international collaboration in marine science and technology, with a view to improving ocean governance. It is the framework for the scientific and environmental ethos of the Barcelona World Race.

The One Planet One Ocean motto has also been chosen as the name for one of the participating yachts in the Barcelona World Race 2014-15. It is one of the spearheads of the scientific perspective of the Barcelona World Race, and strengthens the race contribution to oceanography and the environment.


The sea is the workplace and competition venue for the skippers and as such, they become front-line witnesses of the impact of climate change on the oceans. The sailing community enjoys a unique and special relationship with the sea. This makes the skippers the ideal ambassadors for raising awareness of the effects and difficulties posed by climate change to the planet. Aleix Gelabert and Didac Costa make up the crew chosen to carry out this important role, Beyond the sporting adventure itself, the crew on One Planet One Ocean will share their passion and concern for the sea by sharing information on issues relating to the oceans.

Besides with the COI-UNESCO, the crew will also be collaborating on other important oceanographic research projects during the round the world regatta, in close collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council's (CSIC) Institute of Sea Sciences (ICM) and the Fundació Barcelona Digital Centre Tecnològic (FBCT), the Citclops / European Commission 7th Framework Programme and the Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS).

The projects that One Planet One Ocean will be involved in are:

  • The measurement of salinity levels and sea temperature [see more]
  • The measurement of the concentration of microplastics in the water [see more]
  • The launch of Argo floats – Along with the other boats taking part in the regatta [see more]
  • The Citclops project to analyse the quality of surface seawater - Along with the other boats taking part in the regatta [see more].


> For more information: 2nd International Ocean Research Conference website