2020 Workshop to Identify National Ocean Exploration Priorities in the Pacific
Workshop to Identify National Ocean Exploration Priorities in the Pacific
In partnership with NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), the Center for Ocean Leadership (COL) hosted the Workshop to Identify National Ocean Exploration Priorities in the Pacific as a series of virtual meetings from July-September 2020. Participation was by invitation. The final workshop report is available to download below.
The purpose of this workshop was to convene the ocean exploration community and stakeholders to discuss common data priorities, needed capabilities and resources, and a shared vision for a potential national ocean exploration program that would enable broader participation. Participants included representatives from across ocean exploration, including government, academia, industry, and private and philanthropic organizations. Focusing on the Pacific Ocean basin as a framework for the discussions, within both the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone and international waters, participants discussed the data needed for characterization to support multiple stakeholder information needs, opportunities for partnerships and collaborations, and the resources and capabilities required to achieve common priorities.
COL solicited white papers to gather information from the community regarding geographic and thematic priorities for exploration in the Pacific Basin, to guide development of the workshop agenda and breakout discussions. They are available here.
Recordings from key workshop sessions are available below.