There’s nothing like a long weekend in Colorado to renew my appreciation for the outdoors… the Earth, the ocean, education, and the next generation. What inspired me most was the more than 100 high schoolers who descended on the University of Colorado Boulderto challenge each other on their ocean science knowledge in the 21stannual National Oceans Sciences Bowl Finals. Congratulations to our 21st winner from Montgomery Blair High School, who is celebrating their first national title. The team from Montgomery Blair and all the other competitors from around the nation inspired me with their knowledge, sportsmanship, and dedication. I’m pleased these young men and women have been a part of the NOSB and now join our 30,000-strong alumni community – and I look forward to seeing what they do in the future. A huge thank you to our host, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, and all the staff, volunteers, judges, and coaches who made Finals such a success.
It’s hard to come back from the excitement and camaraderie of this weekend and come face to face with the jarring reality that the NOSB is in trouble. Though the program was launched through federal partnerships and sponsorships in 1997, these have declined significantly over the past five years – and our ability to raise new sponsorships can’t keep up. Without sustained federal investment, the NOSB will likely come to an end. But there’s something you can do! Let Congress and the federal ocean agencies know the value of the NOSB and that it’s important for them to recommit to funding ocean science education. Please sign and share this letter, and help us demonstrate the ocean science and education community’s support for the NOSB and the need for federal action. Montgomery Blair should be our 21stwinner – not our last.
RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.)
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Study reveals new Antarctic process contributing to sea level rise and climate change
A new study led by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies has revealed a previously undocumented process where melting glacial ice sheets change the ocean in a way that accelerates the rate of ice melt and sea level rise. The research found that glacial meltwater makes the ocean’s surface layer less salty and more buoyant, preventing deep mixing in winter and allowing warm water at depth to retain its heat and further melt glaciers from below.
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