"We must go where no one has ever gone before, 'see' the oceans through a new set of technological 'eyes,' and record these journeys for posterity." – President's Panel Report of 2000, Discovering Earth's Final Frontier: A U.S. Strategy for Ocean Exploration
This weekend, NOAA and the Aquarium of the Pacific will co-host Ocean Exploration 2020: A National Forum. This is the first-ever such event and is a unique opportunity to help shape national ocean exploration in the coming decade.
Participants will break out into discussion groups to design a framework on a national ocean exploration program focused on seven themes:
Partnerships and funding
Data information and sharing
Ocean Exploration 2020 includes a virtual breakout session through Google Plus Hangouts. The virtual breakout session, moderated by Chris R. German, Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will also help develop a framework for a truly national ocean exploration program. The event starts at noon Pacific on July 20th.
But you can watch keynote speakers and a discussion panel discuss new concepts in ocean exploration streaming live starting at 0830 here: http://aquariumofpacific.org/oe2020
. These speakers will set the context for the virtual breakout session starting at 8:30 a.m.
Michael Conathon, American Progressive
John Delaney, University of Washington
Katrina Edwards, University of Southern California
Paul Gaffney, co-chair, Ocean Exploration Review (2012)
Santiago Herrera, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
David Lang, Open ROV
Beth Orcutt, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
John Orcutt, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
You can watch the hangout here, on our event page, on the Google Plus stream of the Aquarium of the Pacific or on our landing page [link]. We want your ideas for what a national program of ocean exploration should be. We encourage your comments during the virtual breakout session—we’ll share them with the panelists for their reaction.
Produced in partnership with Online Ocean Symposium.