DATE:Thu, Feb 20, 2014
TIME: 13:30 – 14:30 NST
HOST:Blue Marvel – Ocean Mysteries
New and rapidly growing networks of submarine cables will ultimately provide unprecedented electrical power and bandwidth to thousands of increasingly sophisticated robot-sensor systems distributed throughout full-ocean environments. These new tools, in turn, will illuminate the complexity, power, and vagaries of the global ocean ecosystem.
Oceanographers are poised to benefit from a host of emergent technologies, many of them driven by investment from communities outside the ocean sciences. As these rapidly evolving capabilities are integrated into sophisticated, remote, interactive operations, they will trigger new era of a pervasive human tele-presence over vast stretches of ocean basins once thought inaccessible. We need these capabilities to meet the immense environmental and societal challenges in the coming decades, challenges that can only be addressed through optimally informed international collaboration.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
John Delaney holds the Jerome M. Paros Chair in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington. He initiated and was the first chair of the RIDGE (Ridge InterDisciplinary Global Experiments) Program that focused for 20 years on interdisciplinary research and education related to all aspects of the Mid-Ocean Ridge System. He is the principal investigator and director of the Cabled Component of the National Science Foundation Ocean Observatory Initiative. Dr. Delaney is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and recently received the AGU’s Spilhaus Award, recognizing “enhancement of the public understanding of the Earth and space sciences.”
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