The World Ocean Assessment relies on an international Pool of Experts, between 1000-2000 marine experts, who will help to author and review the first WOA report.  Experts will be needed on more than fifty subjects, categorized into four main themes: 1) marine environment and understanding of the ocean’s role in the global integrated Earth system; 2) food security and food safety; 3) human activities that influence the ocean or are influenced by the ocean; and 4) marine biological diversity. 

Persons interested in participating in the Pool of Experts are encouraged to apply.  The Criteria for joining the Pool of Experts include 1) internationally recognized expertise relevant to a chapter of the WOA report, and 2) ability to serve in a voluntary and independent individual capacity.  Completed application forms (a.k.a. the Personal History Form) should be sent to Elizabeth Tirpak at the U.S. Department of State Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs (tirpakej[at] Non-U.S. based applicants should direct their forms to their respective ministry of foreign affairs for appropriate handling.

If selected to contribute to the first WOA report, much of the expert’s effort will be conducted through electronic correspondence, but there may be an occasion for a face-to-face meeting.  Thus, applicants are encouraged to consult with their supervisors or program managers on the potential need for related travel support.

This call for participants for the Pool of Experts will remain open until the Group of Experts decides to close the process.  The U.S. Department of State will transmit applications at the end of each month until the process is closed.


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