September 9, 2014
In June Aquarium of the Pacific President and CEO Jerry Schubel attended Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) in Washington D.C. hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. He served as moderator for the “State of the Ocean” Panel.
On the panel were leaders in the scientific community: David O. Conover, interim vice president for research, Stony Brook University; Margaret Davidson, senior leader for Coastal Inundation and Resilience, NOAA National Ocean Service; Scott C. Doney, director, Ocean and Climate Change Institute, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; and Tony MacDonald, director, Urban Ocean Institute, Monmouth University.
Guided by Dr. Schubel, the panel discussed their scientific understanding of the current State of the Ocean, which included a look at where breakdowns on the “Knowledge Value Chain” occur during the transformation of data and information into knowledge, wisdom, and action. After a lively discussion, panelists also offered their suggestions for what they believe the CHOW community should focus on during the next twelve months until Capitol Hill Ocean Week reconvenes in 2015.
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization created to assist the federally managed National Marine Sanctuary Program through education, engagement, research, and conservation. Capitol Hill Ocean Week is held annually in conjunction with World Ocean Day on June 8.