The oceans provide many important functions within the Earth system including strong coupling with weather and climate dynamics, providing food and energy resources, supporting trade and commerce, offering extensive stabilization for variations in our environment and being a resource for biodiversity. The need for improved coordination in ocean observations is more urgent now given the issues of climate change, sustainable food sources and increased need for energy. Ocean researchers must work across disciplines to provide policy makers with clear and understandable assessments of the state of the ocean. The goal of the RCN is to foster a broad, multi-disciplinary dialogue, enabling more effective use of ocean observing systems, consistent with national and international efforts, to inform societal decisions. In achieving these objectives, the RCN will motivate new research outcomes, provide wider visibility for the value and impacts of ocean observations and encourage a new generation of scientists to focus on the oceans and their challenges.
New technologies and approaches are emerging to vastly improve ocean observations. Cabled observatories are an example of a paradigm shift, providing a relative abundance of power and bandwidth for observations covering scales from cm to km and times from seconds to decades. Sensors traditionally only available in laboratories can now be adapted for in-situ observations. The potential for interdisciplinary collaboration is significant. To leverage this, an ocean observation Research Coordination Network (RCN:OceanObsNetwork) is proposed.
In this website you will find more information about this project, its participants and the activities.
The RCN:OceanObsNetwork is supported financially by a US National Science Foundation Award (more here)
Blue Marvel – Ocean Mysteries
The first of these web-based seminars, “Oceans, Climate and Human Health: the cholera paradigm” by Dr. Rita Colwell was given on Tuesday, October 16 2012. To listen to the presentation, please go to: https://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=4wtmd6. For additional instructions on playback, click here: https://core.readytalk.com/help/ArchivePlaybackInfo.html
Dr. Colwell was the 11th director of the United States’ National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2004 before becoming Chief Scientist at Canon U.S. Life Sciences. Dr. Colwell is an internationally recognized authority on cholera and infectious diseases and has remarkable understanding of the complex interplay of the “Earth system.”
Tony Haymet is Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences and Dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences at University of California, San Diego. He is co-founder and vice chair of CleanTECH San Diego, a business organization devoted to climate change issues. He is on the board of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans and other organizations. Dr. Haymet is a distinguished researcher with more than 165 peer-reviewed articles and numerous Op-Ed pieces in leading newspapers around the world. He was formerly Chief of Marine and Atmospheric Science and then the Science and Policy Director at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia. Dr. Haymet is a tenured Professor of Oceanography at Scripps, and of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UCSD. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a Doctor and Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney.
Please find the presentation here
Please find the presentation here