Jon White – From the President’s Office: 12-11-2017

2017-12-11T16:46:17+00:00 December 11, 2017|

Gulf Coast residents woke up to something abnormal last Friday morning when snow fell from Houston to New Orleans and beyond. What a greater surprise that would have been had meteorologists not predicted this wintry mix in advance. But how far out can we predict such events?  Earlier last week, I sat on a panel [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 12-04-2017

2017-12-05T16:50:44+00:00 December 5, 2017|

To know the sea, we must go to the sea. As someone who’s spent a bit of time at sea, I can attest first hand to the value of ships in helping us understand the ocean and the dynamic undersea world. As ocean technological advances proliferate in areas such as autonomy, miniaturization, sensor development, [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 11-27-2017

2017-11-27T16:12:56+00:00 November 27, 2017|

As you recover from a hopefully restful period of giving thanks and feasting, I hope you are getting ready to join the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) for the third biggest giving day of the year - #GivingTuesday. Each year, the NOSB features a theme that is both timely and regionally significant to the Finals [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 11-20-2017

2017-11-20T16:08:32+00:00 November 20, 2017|

It’s fairly easy to predict what will happen to the turkeys tomorrow at the traditional pardoning ceremony at the White House. It’s much more difficult to predict what will happen with our weather and climate in the months and years ahead, but one thing we do know is that ocean observations play a crucial role in [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 11-13-2017

2017-11-13T17:14:09+00:00 November 13, 2017|

A new paper published in Nature Communications serves as an excellent reminder of the long-term value of ocean research and data collection.  This paper provides the first holistic analysis of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), which is a legacy of the Census of Marine Life – a global initiative that COL managed for a [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 11-06-2017

2017-11-06T17:31:46+00:00 November 6, 2017|

On Friday, I was pleased to see that the administration released the latest Climate Science Special Report, an 800-page examination of the state of climate science that is the first of two volumes of the Fourth National Climate Assessment. This extremely important report represents a Herculean task that involved scientists from multiple federal agencies (including [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 10-30-2017

2017-10-30T17:02:48+00:00 October 30, 2017|

Last week, COL convened our third annual industry forum, bringing together more than 100 cross-sector stakeholders invested in this year’s topic, Rigs to Reality: Determining the Fate of Offshore Oil Platforms. While participants represented a wide spectrum of interests, from oil companies to government agencies to environmental organizations to academic institutions, all had a shared [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 10-23-2017

2017-10-24T12:25:25+00:00 October 23, 2017|

You may have heard of speed dating, but how about speed mentoring? I was honored to be asked to participate in a speed mentoring event with D.C.’s Women’s Aquatic Network WAN) last Wednesday. While it was rewarding (and exhausting) to impart my perspective and advice to 14 developing ocean leaders in 70 minutes, I was also inspired [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 10-16-2017

2017-10-24T12:44:58+00:00 October 16, 2017|

As the news about hurricane-induced damage and devastation to islands and coasts of the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico continues to unfold, the fires in the forests of California provide another heartbreaking reminder of our fragility and susceptibility to our environment. Any time we experience natural disasters such as these, part of [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 10-9-2017

2017-10-24T12:49:28+00:00 October 10, 2017|

Some good news about the ocean you have missed last week amidst the prevailing current events: Vulcan Inc. committed $40 million to develop and deploy SkyLight, a near real-time illegal fishing intelligence and research program. Malta announced the introduction of a beverage container refund scheme by 2019 to ensure 70% of plastic bottles generated on its [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 10-2-2017

2017-10-24T12:49:38+00:00 October 2, 2017|

Last week, I had the chance to take a behind-the-scenes tour of our nation’s Capitol. Staring up at the Apotheosis of Washington  underneath the Capitol dome from the rotunda, I was struck by the six groups of figures surrounding the perimeter of the painting, representing the principle values of the U.S. as understood at the time it [...]

Jon White – From The President’s Office: 09-25-2017

2017-09-25T16:19:59+00:00 September 25, 2017|

You’ve heard about Alaska’s Gold Rush, but what about Alaska’s “Blue Rush?” I used this term during a panel I was on last week at MTS/IEEE’s OCEANS ‘17, which brought together hundreds of attendees from ocean technology industries, academic institutions, and government agencies focused around ocean science and technology. As I’ve written of before, I [...]

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