The Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s annual Public Policy Forum will explore the topic of U.S. Ocean Policy: Past, Present, and Future. In 2004, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy released An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century, which included 212 recommendations for a “coordinated and comprehensive national ocean policy.” In the ensuing 15 years, we’ve made scientific and technological advances that [...]
From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff What It Was The Wilson Center Polar Initiative and U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System hosted an ocean policy roundtable event, “What’s Marine Transportation Got to Do with It?” to discuss the role that marine transportation currently plays in ocean policy and how that will [...]
From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff What It Was The Consortium for Ocean Leadership and the IOOS Association, in conjunction with the Senate Oceans Caucus (chaired by Senators Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)), sponsored a congressional briefing titled, “Buoying our Nation’s Economy: The Role of Ocean Data in Supporting the [...]
From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff What It Was The House Earth and Space Science Caucus (chaired by Representatives Ryan Costello (PA-6) and Jared Polis (CO-2)), supported by the Earth and Space Science Caucus Alliance, presented the second annual Congressional Earth and Space Science Caucus exhibition on “The Science Of Food Security.” [...]
From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff What It Was The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, in conjunction with the House Oceans Caucus (chaired by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) and Don Young (AK-At-Large)), sponsored a congressional briefing titled, “The Ocean Plastic Pollution Problem: Solvable with Science, Innovation, and Education.” Why It Matters Plastic has [...]
(Credit: ASV Global) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Consortium for Ocean Leadership Staff What It Was The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing titled “Blue Technologies: Use of New Maritime Technologies to Improve Efficiency and Mission Performance.” Why It Matters The United States Coast [...]
Northwest Passage (Credit: NASA) What It Was A coalition of geoscience organizations and Representative Don Young (AK-At-large) hosted a briefing in the Geosciences and the U.S. Economy Series titled, “Geosciences in the Artic: Permafrost, Energy, and Trade Routes in the Last Frontier.” Why It Matters The United States is an Arctic nation [...]
(Credit: International Conservation Caucus Foundation) On October 3rd, the Oceans Caucus Foundation hosted the first in a series of briefings on National Security. This briefing, featuring speakers from the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), centered on the role of science and technology in preventing ocean [...]
The Senate Oceans Caucus and U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System Association hosted a briefing on Thursday to address advances in ocean observing and technology that are important to national security, the economy, and environmental health.
When most people enter a hiking trail with several days’ worth of food, they’re at the start of a camping adventure. For residents of Big Sur, California, they’re making one of many weekly trips back from the grocery store. Four months ago, a mudslide collapsed a bridge, making the small hiking path the only access to the outside world for much of Big Sur.
The 10th community workshop, “Road to Ocean Obs ’19: FOO-ward Progress,” was attended by scientists who receive funding to monitor ocean climate trends, as well as provided a venue for the government and academic community to review programmatic progress, plans, and goals for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (which includes the Ocean Observing and Monitoring Division). Speakers at the three-day event assessed requirements, identified challenges, and fostered coordination between stakeholders and observational programs, and workshop delegates assessed current data usage by stakeholders.
The 87th meeting of the National Academy of Science’s Ocean Studies Board hosted many distinguished ocean leaders. Moderated by Susan Roberts, Ocean Studies Board Director, the meeting participants spent two days discussing our ocean’s future. The last panel, Ocean Priorities for 2017, was moderated by RADM Jon White (ret.), President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. White opened by citing the current renaissance in ocean science. He named a few blossoming fields within marine studies where new strides are being made, such as understanding the ocean’s role in national security, recovering reefs, monitoring IUU fishing, and improving food safety. Referring to COL’s National Ocean Sciences Bowl, White suggested high school students learning ocean science are building “a dynamic future workforce centering on the betterment of our environment by focusing on ocean data.”
In school, most students learn to measure acidity or pH with a litmus test. Unfortunately, monitoring the acidity of the ocean is not as simple as dunking a small piece of paper in liquid and waiting for the color to change, and the impacts of acidity changes to marine life are more complex than a simple change in color. Atmospheric carbon dioxide is absorbed by the ocean, which makes it difficult for marine calcifiers (a group comprised of many different organisms, such as molluscs, crustaceans, and corals) to make their own shells and skeletons. Ocean acidification doesn’t just harm these creatures. It threatens our nation’s economic stability, from our $7.3 billion seafood industry to our $101.1 billion recreation and tourism sector. But it doesn’t stop there – it also affects our homeland security.
Starving polar bears and bleached coral reefs are often the face of climate change today, but what many people do not realize is that climate change also threatens national security. Members of the U.S. national security community have been studying the impacts of climate change, namely sea level rise, and the associated threats to our military installations and missions. The results of their studies were compiled into three reports that were discussed at this week’s first annual Climate and National Security Forum. The forum consisted of three panels with several authors from each report serving on the respective panels.
This week, the American Meteorological Society, the Association of State Floodplain Managers, the Coastal States Organization, and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership held a briefing on the science, risk communication, and response to coastal flooding.