MTS/IEEE Oceans ’12 – Important Ocean Observing Updates!

The Interagency Ocean Observation Committee is excited to promote two important events taking place at the Oceans ’12 conference in Hampton Roads, Virgina on October 14-19.

The first, U.S. IOOS IGNITE the Crowd, will have nine high-profile panelists speaking to automatically advancing slides that will highlight the benefits of ocean observations from their various perspectives.

The second, U.S. IOOS Town Hall on the Future of Integrated Ocean Observing, a 90 minute panel discussion on the future of ocean observing. It will be moderated by former NOAA Administrator VADM (ret.) Conrad Lautenbacher and feature a panel of six distinguished senior leaders from government, academia and industry. The session will address the value and use of ocean observations to the nation from several different perspectives – national security, commerce, protection of lives and livelihoods, ocean and earth science, ecosystem health and others – particularly in the context of the upcoming IOOS Summit Nov 13-16, 2012. The session will begin with a short but dramatic demonstration on collaboration technology for accessing and sharing ocean observations data in a decision-making context.

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