The Arctic is a region of growing importance, and most COL members, along with many federal agencies, have extensive ocean science interests in the area. At last week’s 7th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations, speakers highlighted the spectrum of national and international issues in the region, from national security to safety to industrial perspectives, and the important role that ocean science and technology play in all of them. We all must continue to demand good ocean science inform decision-making at the national and international levels to ensure the Arctic remains peaceful, productive, and pristine.
In a less chilly environment on the coast of Georgia and South Carolina, students from Santa Monica High School (this year’s NOSB champs) beachcombed on Wassaw Island with Savannah State University, toured the R/V Savannah with Skidaway Institute for Oceanography, and explored NOAA Hollings Marine Laboratory amongst a week filled with ocean science adventures. Stay tuned for more details on their award trip, as well as Marshfield High School (the second place team)’s adventure in coastal New Jersey.
RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.)
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Researchers Find Coral Reefs In A Place They Shouldn’t Exist
While the waters of the North Atlantic and South Pacific tend to have what hard corals need to survive, the North Pacific doesn’t, and it has been thought that deep-sea coral reefs were a near impossibility in that part of the ocean. But researchers at Florida State University and Texas A&M University have discovereda few reefs in the North Pacific that don’t seem to be following the rules.