Dr. Oscar Schofield: Distinguished Professor & Department Chair, Department of Marine & Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University

Why Earth Needs an International Global Ocean Observing System

The ocean impacts Earth’s climate and weather, provides critical food and energy resources, plays an enormous role in the global economy, and directly affects the well-being of coastal communities. Despite the critical role oceans play, only recent technological breakthroughs have allowed people to maintain a sustained presence on the sea and thoroughly understand its wide range of societal benefits. Dr. Oscar Schofield will review these new discoveries and provide examples of how they directly benefit society while creating new diplomatic challenges and opportunities. Schofield will also review plans and strategies for developing a global observing system ranging from deep oceans to melting polar regions to coastal waters.