Today, the NOAA Corps turns 100. I was honored to be MC at their 100th anniversary event in Washington, D.C this past Saturday. One of our nation’s seven uniformed services, NOAA Corps’ work at sea, in the air, and on the ground over the last century has ensured the safety, security, and prosperity of our nation in so many ways. Their work in charting and exploring our ocean and in gathering crucial atmospheric and oceanographic data (in some of the harshest conditions and locations on our planet, such as during hurricanes and at both poles) have been of exceptional value. As we look to the future, the importance of their work only increases as we expand and accelerate our complex coexistence in an increasingly technological world, where we will need absolute certainty about the reference frames of our physical world and its dynamic environment. The men and women of NOAA Corps, and all who work with them, have done this with great success and efficiency for the past century – one of revolutionary technological and industrial change. I know that we can count on them to continue to do so in the next century as well, for I know their caliber and their commitment. We, at COL and in the broader ocean community, must continue our work to ensure they receive the resources and support they need for their critical missions.
Prior to this event, I visited two of our member institutions in the Northeast – the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of New Hampshire. I spent time with exceptional faculty, researchers, and students at both institutions. I am impressed by their work, commitment, and vision as they create the future of ocean science and technology that organizations like NOAA will be putting to good use. From ground-breaking autonomy and artificial intelligence to innovative ways to efficiently measure, analyze, and visualize key ocean parameters and contents (such as sound and hydrocarbons), I am inspired by their work and optimistic about the future. Thus, I continue to recognize the importance of the collective work of our consortium as we boldly advocate for increased discovery, understanding, and action related to our ocean.
RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.)
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Antarctic Dispatches: Miles of Ice Collapsing Into The Sea
The acceleration is making some scientists fear that Antarctica’s ice sheet may have entered the early stages of an unstoppable disintegration. Because the collapse of vulnerable parts of the ice sheet could raise the sea level dramatically, the continued existence of the world’s great coastal cities — Miami, New York, Shanghai and many more — is tied to Antarctica’s fate. Four New York Times journalists joined a Columbia University team in Antarctica late last year to fly across the world’s largest chunk of floating ice in an American military cargo plane loaded with the latest scientific gear.