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JAN 2019

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www.sea-technology.com January 2019 | ST 29 in conjunction with the Senate Oceans Caucus, titled "Buoying Our Nation's Economy: The Role Of Ocean Data in Supporting the Blue Economy." Experts from ocean industries described ocean data's important role in ensuring safety, generating resources and facilitating adaptation. Ensuring Science Funding Much of our advocacy work centered around making sure our key ocean science agencies—the National Sci- ence Foundation, NOAA, NASA and the Navy—are ad- equately funded. This included holding in-person meet- ings and submitting letters and testimony highlighting their importance. Looking Forward As we move into 2019, we will continue to build on our 2018 efforts around ocean security. This includes ex- panding our interdisciplinary efforts and redoubling our advocacy work around themes that will strengthen our ocean security. While 30 out of 50 U.S. states directly touch a coast— ocean, gulf or Great Lake—every state and every Amer- ican relies on the ocean and will benefit from increased ocean security. This requires interdisciplinary approach- es; it is not enough to simply know that the ocean is changing, but understanding why, how and what can be done, as well as how it impacts people and communi- ties, is essential. Turning data from ocean observations into good decisions requires synthesizing information across many fields, not just ocean science. Addressing the myriad threats to ocean security relies just as strongly on other fields of study as it does on ocean science, in- cluding social science and medicine. Ensuring our nation has strong ocean security will re- quire dramatically increased partnerships and collabora- tion across the "Ocean Enterprise"—all public, private, academic and nonprofit sectors that support or utilize ocean science and technology. From a state government setting scallop-catch lim- its based on ecological data to a factory manufacturing parts for autonomous underwater vehicles, an NGO ad- vocating for science-based management, or an aquari- um's hands-on science education program, sound ocean science is both the basis for and the goal of the Ocean Enterprise. Bringing the cross-sector groups to the table is neces- sary to navigate the future of the Ocean Enterprise and fulfill the goals of ocean security, and we plan to work towards this goal in 2019. ST Homeland Security The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) celebrat- ed its 21st successful year, with the 2018 Finals theme of "Our Ocean Shaping Weather." Although advances in ocean science capabilities are improving resiliency against weather hazards, some stu- dents experienced the relationship between ocean sci- ence and homeland security firsthand when two region- al competitions were cancelled due to impacts from a well-forecast Hurricane Harvey. The NOSB community showed their mettle in the face of hardship, inviting af- fected teams to participate in another regional competi- tion and raising funds to help cover travel costs. Ocean security doesn't just happen on its own; it takes concerted, interdisciplinary efforts. While our ac- tivities described above highlight the importance of these securities that make up ocean security, we also did work around individual components that are necessary to strengthen ocean security. Advancing Partnerships In March, our annual public policy forum, "Power of Partnerships: Advancing Ocean Science and Tech," brought together more than 200 individuals from feder- al agencies, NGOs, academia, industry and Congress to discuss how interagency and public-private partnerships must further the ocean science and technology enter- prise. Leveraging the power of interdisciplinary science and cross-sector collaboration are key to ensuring a safe, healthy and navigable ocean that supports communities across the globe. Enhancing Ocean Observations In October, COL turned over operations and manage- ment of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) to a co- alition of academic and oceanographic research institu- tions headed by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. After carrying OOI from design through construction and into operations, we look forward to helping steer the continued scientific advancements that will be derived from this groundbreaking program. Similarly, the Interagency Ocean Observation Com- mittee (IOOC) integrates observing systems across agen- cies, institutions and nations and has been involved in putting on the decadal Ocean Obs '19 conference taking place this September. We also helped ensure decision makers understand the importance of ocean observations with a Congres- sional briefing, co-hosted by the IOOS Association and "While 30 out of 50 U.S. states directly touch a coast—ocean, gulf or Great Lake—every state and every American relies on the ocean and will benefit from increased ocean security. This requires interdisciplinary approaches; it is not enough to simply know that the ocean is changing, but understanding why, how and what can be done, as well as how it impacts people and communities, is essential."

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