The knowledge transfer component of the center will include a broad informal education initiative to stimulate public interest in the Southern Ocean’s role in climate change, along with a program to spread the benefits of float technology via technical training certificates and entrainment of industry in sensor development.
The informal education component will be led by Heidi Cullen of Climate Central (http://climatecentral.org), which is currently working in partnership with 18 local TV stations in markets totaling 30 million households to deliver newsworthy climate science information to local TV meteorologists on a weekly basis. At the national level, Climate Central has partnered with The Weather Channel, PBS NewsHour, TIME, and Scientific American.
Oscar Schofield of Rutgers University will lead a program offering technical training certification courses in ocean observing technologies, an approach already tested with cadets from the US Naval Academy and operational oceanographers from Korea. These short immersion certificate courses will be open to external corporate, federal, state, and academic personnel who are entering the field.
Efforts to share technology with industry will be carried out by Ken Johnson of MBARI and Steve Riser of the University of Washington, who have extensive experience developing sensor and float technology with commercial partners.