|Researchers from federal, state and local governments, alongside scientists from private industry and the nation's most prestigious universities, are gathering next month to discuss critical research issues in all aspects of marine transportation.
Mary Erickson (right), chief of NOAA Office of Coast Survey Development Laboratory, will lead a technical breakout session on research needed to address issues in Marine Spatial Planning, one of the Obama Administration’s top ocean priorities. The session will particularly address how charting and safety authorities are working to respond to spatial planning, as well as look at spatial planning requirements from a user perspective.
The conference, “Transforming the Marine Transportation System: a Vision for Research and Development,” will take place June 29 through July 1, at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine California. Registration costs are reduced ($300 for regular, $100 for students) if registration is completed by June 4.
Speakers and attendees will explore progress in scientific and technical solutions to challenges facing an increasingly complex marine transportation system. Topics will examine research and knowledge gaps in waterway management. Participants will also have an opportunity to establish potential partnerships between government agencies, academic institutions, and private industry.
The Committee on the Marine Transportation System, the Transportation Research Board and Marine Board of The National Academies are cosponsors of the conference.
Conference registration is open to the public.
May 20, 2010