Jon White – From the President’s Office: 09-23-2019

2019-10-01T15:28:57+00:00 September 23, 2019|

Observations from OceanObs’19

Part One

From your COL team at OceanObs’19, we want to thank all of you who attended, participated, and supported this decadal conference! For those who weren’t able to be here, we can’t wait to share the community recommendations coming out of OceanObs’19 that will set the stage to grow and sustain our global ocean observing capacity over the next decade. Stay tuned for more details on those, as well as upcoming follow-on opportunities. In the meantime, you can see some of the fun from Honolulu below and on our Twitter  account.

Sometimes, you get to Hawaii and there are still things to do. COL team members and OceanObs’19 organizers Kruti and  Nick consult with graphic designer Jason on last-minute adjustments the Sunday before OceanObs’19 officially begins.

Wednesday night, we celebrated the importance of women in ocean science at the Breaking Waves, Breaking Barriers event.

The Exhibit Hall had over 600 posters! (Left) COL’s Stephanie presents a poster on ocean observing metrics. (Right) Eric Lindstrom (NASA), force of nature and program committee member, shares a laugh with Kruti, one of the COL staff members and hardworking OceanObs’19 organizers.

The conference rooms were busy too! (Left) Recognizing the importance of Indigenous knowledge and helping build mutually respectful relationships between Coastal Indigenous communities and other scientists was a very important part of OceanObs’19. Here, Ken Paul from the Maliseet First Nation introduces the Aha Honua Coastal Indigenous Peoples’ Declaration at OceanObs’19, which goes hand-in-hand with the Conference Statement. (Right) All of the program committee members gather together for one last picture on stage to mark the end of a successful conference.

See you in Qingdao, China for OceanObs’29!
~The COL OceanObs’19 program support team: Nick, Kruti, Jon, Kristen, Jason, Abby, Stephanie, Tiffany, and Sheri

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