Swells, Soundings, and Sustainability... but "Here be Monsters": April 28

Event Date: 
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

18th Annual Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture
Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

From the stick charts of the ancient Marshall Islanders to the SONAR of World War II, humankind continues to devise ways to map the ocean. The newest maps, which are global, 3D, and increasingly intelligent, hold great promise for improving science and decision-making related to our oceans, but “here be monsters” to conquer data challenges. Join Dr. Dawn Wright, chief scientist at the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) and professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University, to learn about the past and present of ocean mapping and what must be done to overcome the challenges of “big data,” “dark data,” and the need to make data more resilient and more accessible to users.

The Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture is presented by the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in cooperation with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The lecture was created in honor of Dr. Revelle’s contributions to the ocean sciences and his dedication to making scientific knowledge available to policymakers.

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