Public Policy Forum 2010
On March 10th, Ocean Leadership held its annual Public Policy Forum in the U.S. Capitol Building to discuss the most relevant ocean policy issues. With over 250 RSVPs (the largest number for this event), the room was filled for the entire day-long program and evening reception. The agenda included addresses by three senators: Senator Begich (D-Alaska), Senator Boxer (D-California), and Senator Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island). Tom Karl, Director of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, gave a lunch briefing regarding NOAA’s proposed climate service and Shere Abbott, Associate Director at Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), concluded the Forum by discussing OSTP’s role in developing a national ocean policy. Between these speeches, three panels discussed sea-level rise, the Arctic system, and marine spatial planning. Each panel included experts from the federal agencies, congressional committees, and the academic research community.
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