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The Ocean Enterprise: How NOAA’s Ocean and Coastal Data and Information Support Sustainable Solutions Across the New Blue Economy

Ocean and coastal data are most useful when they can be discovered, shared, analyzed, and used. As one of the world’s largest providers of ocean and coastal data and information, NOAA is growing the new blue economy by improving the quantity, breadth, dissemination, access, and applicability of its foundational data and information.

This panel will explore and discuss NOAA initiatives to work with academic and industry partners to build an Ocean Enterprise able to deliver future needs. Occupations in science, technology, engineering, and technology (STEM), including those that make up the blue economy sector, are growing rapidly. Numerous STEM education initiatives across the United States have been created to help support the growing number of jobs in these fields. Despite these initiatives, STEM occupations are still plagued with hiring challenges such as attracting local talent and recruiting and/or retaining diverse employees. Representatives from workforce development programs across the country will describe the tactics they use to support a pipeline for local diverse talent to feed regional blue economy industry needs.


Carl Gouldman
Director | U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System Program

Chris Ostrander
CEO | Marine Technology Society