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NOAA partnerships and smart technology will map our understanding of the deepest and darkest ocean regions.

America’s waters are largely unknown, with vast areas still unmapped. Only 46 percent of U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes waters are mapped to modern standards.

New and expanded NOAA partnerships can help fill these gaps, supporting a national strategy to completely map U.S. deep water by 2030 and nearshore waters by 2040. This year, NOAA and eight ocean partners agreed to explore, characterize and share ocean data, helping to close gaps in mapping the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and build understanding about remote global areas.

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General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) Natural Earth

NOAA’s partnership with Vulcan, Inc. recognizes that filling data gaps is a call to action. Since sound data underlie sound policy, robust data are essential to knowing how well ocean strategies and policies are working.

Seeing foundational data as a game-changer, NOAA and Vulcan look forward to jointly pursuing research aimed at advancing technologies to better understand the deep ocean.

Shared interests include NOAA science and data-collection capabilities and Vulcan's investments in incubating technologies and tackling a range of environmental issues.

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Scientists deploy a Deep Argo float, which profiles 3.7 miles deep, taking temperature and salinity on the way down. Other Argo floats measure on the way up to the surface. Some also measure nitrate, oxygen and other chemical elements.

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Dr. Larry Robinson

Florida A&M University (FAMU) President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., is the newest member of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI) Leadership Council, a bipartisan group of senior leaders who work with local, state, and regional leaders to develop actions toward meaningful ocean policy reform.

Robinson, whose work as a scientist and on the environment impressed the group, participated in his first Leadership Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20. 

The 20-member Leadership Council is co-chaired by former EPA administrator  and ex-New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman and former California Congressman Norman Mineta and includes former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.  

The group’s Ocean Action Agenda details ocean and coastal policy actions that should be taken by the Trump Administration and Congress. JOCI leaders assert that taking these actions will allow present and future generations of Americans to benefit from the jobs, food, health, recreation, and overall well-being America’s oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes provide.

Robinson’s work as an academic and a scientist addresses the fate of the waterways. He is the director and principal investigator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME).

The CCME is a partnership among six universities committed to making major impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems and communities by educating underrepresented minorities in NOAA relevant science and policy.

Robinson is also a member of the U.S. Congress authorized STEM Education Advisory Panel which was established “to provide advice and recommendations to the Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM),” among other responsibilities.

During the Obama administration, Robinson was an assistant secretary of Commerce for Conservation and Management at NOAA. 

Dr. Richard McLaughlin

Dr. Richard McLaughlin has served as the Institutional PI for TAMUCC since the inception of CCME in 2016. He currently supervises two Ph.D.-level CCME Student Scholars, Elizabeth Del Rosario, who is researching how freshwater environmental flows into Texas Bays are being managed; and Anthony Lima, who is examining policies and planning efforts relating to oyster aquaculture in Texas. In addition to participating in the Coastal Resilience, Place-based Conservation, and Social Sciences Focus Areas, he has helped organize and served as a faculty member at the Center-wide Core Competency Courses in Ocean Springs, Mississippi in 2017 and South Padre Island, Texas in 2019.

He also served as a Co-Convener of a session that highlighted CCME students and faculty entitled Educational Partnerships in Coastal and Marine Science at the 25th Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Conference, Mobile, Alabama, November 3-7, 2019. He plans to retire at the end of the Fall 2020 semester and to move to his family home in San Diego, California. He will continue to serve on several graduate committees and collaborate with colleagues at CCME and elsewhere across the globe after he retires.

Dr. McLaughlin has been instrumental to the success of students at TAMUCC and across CCME as well. He provided intelligent prospectives and insights that contributed to the growth of CCME and could be counted on for his active engagement.

NOAA CCME Scholar Rhamira Corbett interviews renowned NOAA CCME Distinguished Research Scientist Dr. Steven Morey, current School of the Environment faculty professor at Florida A&M University. Dr. Steven Morey explains what exactly is the Sargasso Sea as well as how humans have effected this natural wonder overtime.

This video is a part of Environment Florida's Ocean Conservation efforts and in recognition of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystem in order to raise awareness to the maritime and the ways they're currently effected.

Virtual Interview on the Sargasso Sea with Dr. Steven Morey

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Corey Garza

The California Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce that 14 new members will join the ranks of the Academy Fellows, a governing group of more than 450 distinguished scientists and other leaders who have made notable contributions to science or science education and communication. Nominated by their colleagues and selected by the Board of Trustees, the Academy Fellows are partners and collaborators in the pursuit of the Academy mission to explore, explain, and sustain life. The new members will be inducted during the Fellowship's next virtual meeting on October 13, 2020. They will join such well-known Academy Fellows as Sylvia Earle, Paul Ehrlich, Jane Lubchenco, Zeray Alemseged, John McCosker, Jill Tarter, and Andrea Ghez.


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