Harnessing Data and Tech for Ocean Health and Sustainability

With climate change causing upheavals in ocean ecosystems, growing demand for food from the sea, and the potential long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on markets, livelihoods, and food security, more powerful tools for ocean stewardship and sustainability are urgently needed.

The digital revolution offers unprecedented potential. For example, over the past few years, use of satellites to track large fishing vessels across the ocean has illuminated the possibilities of the digital revolution to enable action by governments and markets. Advances in genomics, biologging, and ocean sensing are rapidly expanding capacity to track and understand ocean change. There is now the opportunity to build on these technologies — using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to transform data streams into useful and usable information and make it accessible to users and decision-makers. Together, these technologies can transform management by governments and communities, engage business and help catalyze sustainability and accountability at scale.

The first Stanford Oceans conference will bring together Stanford’s researchers, national and international experts, and practitioners from business, NGOs, and government to present and discuss cutting-edge research, and key needs and opportunities around three pillars: (1) Improving our ability to collect real-time data on ocean conditions and use, and to monitor biodiversity; (2) unlocking new analytical capabilities through technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to extract impactful insights from ocean data; (3) supporting the co-design of platforms that enable the use of ocean data and insights to inform decision-making of public and private actors.

Event Details


November 18–19, 2022


Stanford University campus

Conference Application

The conference will be limited to 70 attendees in order to allow for in-depth discussion and exchange of ideas. You will be notified of your acceptance beginning on October 6.

Conference Organizer
Marine Ecologist and Conservation Biologist

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