Ocean Community Call: How is the Ocean Responding to Reduced Industry Activity?

Are you a scientist with sensors currently in the field or access to satellite data or AIS data? ECO Magazine is launching a call for reports of scientific observations showing unexpected changes in the marine environment due to the recent reduction in anthropogenic disturbance.

One of the few silver linings to the coronavirus crisis has been increasing news reports of improved water conditions and air quality. As industries and marine-based activities are temporally suspended as part of global efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19, rivers, coasts and marine life are reacting to the lack of disturbance. But how?

ECO Magazine is looking for scientific observations from the global ocean community on how this pause is impacting our coasts/ocean and marine life. The information you provide may contribute to a feature article for the magazine.

EMBED IMAGE IN ARTICLE Community CallWhat information are we after?

No need to send the raw data. We are looking for fact-based, scientific observations taken in the last six weeks demonstrating how the marine environment changes when there is a temporary reduction in disturbance and/or improved conditions.

Please submit the following details:

  • Where were observations taken?
  • When was the observations recorded?
  • Please provide an estimate of the extent of change relative to baseline (identifying when was this baseline derived).

Please send us a short summary of your observations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 19th April 2020. Credits and acknowledgements will be provided if your submission is used within the article.


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