Imagine solving complex latent/sensible heat problems in three minutes as an auditorium filled with onlookers watches breathlessly. Or buzzing in to answer questions about ocean acidification’s impact on calcification, ocean acoustics, and maritime history before the other team of high school students does. On Saturday, I found myself amazed and inspired by the next generation of “ocean thinkers” answering these types of questions at the Blue Crab Bowl (which was held at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)), one of the 25 regional NOSB competitions. Congratulations to the winner, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, but a more emphatic congratulations to all of the high school students who participated in regional bowls across the country, whose dedication and commitment to learning about ocean science makes the real winner our ocean. And most importantly, THANK YOU to the thousands of NOSB volunteers who make this incredible program possible each year, along with our sponsors and donors. The amazing dedication of our volunteers was personified in the 70-plus people who worked tirelessly to put on an amazing Blue Crab Bowl, especially Dr. Carol Hopper Brill (Virginia Sea Grant/VIMS) and Dr. Victoria Hill (Old Dominion University) who planned and orchestrated the event. I’m looking forward to the 20th national finals competition at Oregon State University in April.
Don’t forget – our public policy forum is coming up in a few short weeks (March 8). Seats are filling up – reserve your spot before it’s too late to attend Feeding the Future: An Ocean of Opportunity.
RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.)
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Greenland Ice Sheet Melting Can Cool Subtropics, Alter Climate
A new study by lead by the University of Michigan finds evidence that the last time Earth was as warm as it is today, cold freshwater from a melting Greenland ice sheet circulated in the Atlantic Ocean as far south as Bermuda, elevating sea levels and altering the ocean’s climate and ecosystems. The research shows a large pulse of cold freshwater covered the North Atlantic for a brief period of time about 125,000 years ago. The freshwater likely came from meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet and severely disrupted Atlantic Ocean circulation, likely killing coral reefs, flooding North America and chilling northern Europe, according to the study.