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Join NOAA at the Predicted Ocean Laboratory this Sept. 15
Jessica Mkitarian
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Join NOAA at the Predicted Ocean Laboratory this Sept. 15

On September 15, 2021, NOAA Research Assistant Administrator Craig McLean will co-host a worldwide, two-day event to bring together voices and ideas focused on predicting ocean conditions for the benefit of science and society. This virtual Predicted Ocean Laboratory is part of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), also known as the “Ocean Decade,” which aims to transform ocean research by boosting innovation, connecting new partners, and spurring the science we need for a healthy ocean and sustainable economic future.

The Predicted Laboratory is open to all who register and aims to raise awareness, strengthen dialogue, and facilitate action toward the seven Ocean Decade goals. The event will begin with four hours of conversations with world experts, followed by a series of “Satellite Events” or webinars hosted by local stakeholder groups from around the world. The Satellite Events will take place over a 48-hour period, following the sun twice around the globe in order to include participation and presentations from people in different countries and time zones.

Ocean observations are the foundation to achieving a “predicted ocean,” one where society can understand and respond to changing ocean conditions. The ocean observations supported by the Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing Program and other parts of NOAA help improve forecasts of hurricanes, tropical storms, marine heat waves, and even the seven day weather forecast. Ocean observing data and research is used internationally to report on the climate crisis and to inform federal policies affecting communities on the coasts and inland.

Through decades of research and collaborative international partnerships, NOAA has made significant strides in our understanding of oceanic conditions and trends such as carbon dioxide uptake, ocean heat storage, and the Earth’s energy imbalance. Yet even with this progress, more than 80 percent of the ocean remains unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored. NOAA’s participation in the Ocean Decade will expand opportunities to support ground-breaking science, management, conservation, and sustainable development of the ocean and its resources. The U.S. has a tremendous opportunity to lead and shape the future of ocean and coastal science, technology and sustainable development over the next ten years, and beyond. 

Learn more about NOAA’s involvement in the Ocean Decade, endorsed actions and initiatives, and register for the Predicted Ocean Lab.

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