What will it take to have a ‘smart ocean’?

Presentation by Dr. Margaret Leinen, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Title: What will it take to have a ‘smart ocean’?

Description: Recently marine scientists, resource managers, non-profit advocates and policy specialists have begun discussing a ‘smart ocean’. They are building on the concept of ‘smart cities’, ‘smart buildings’ and other entities that combine communication and information technologies to operate efficiently and provide information and services to residents/occupants. In its most comprehensive form, the notion of a ‘smart ocean’ suggests an ocean that is extensively observed and monitored to provide the information necessary to understand and predict changes as well as manage resources sustainably. It would be necessary to develop far more sophisticated sensor and communication systems than currently exist to realize that goal. Current observing and communication systems reveal some of the strategies that will be necessary to work toward the ambitious goal of a ‘smart ocean’.


Speaker Biography: Dr. Margaret Leinen is the Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Vice Chancellor for Marine Science of University of California at San Diego. She is an ocean biogeochemist and paleoceanographer whose research includes study of ocean carbon cycling and the role of the oceans in climate. Leinen was a member of the Executive Planning Group and is a member of the Interim Advisory Board for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. During 2017 and 2018 Leinen was a US Department of State Science Envoy for the oceans to Latin America and the Pacific. She served as Assistant Director for Geosciences, U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2000-2007. She has also served as the President of the American Geophysical Union, President of The Oceanography Society and Chair of the AAAS Section on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Science. She is a Fellow of all three societies and a elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.