A Blue Technology Center of Expertise will be set up at Scripps under the 2018 Save Our Seas Act, which defined “blue technology” as any technology, system or platform designed for use above, on, or below the sea that can support the Coast Guard’s mission.
“This partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is a significant step in bringing awareness of blue technologies to the Coast Guard, and provides an opportunity to study how those technologies can be used to enhance Coast Guard operational performance and mission readiness,” said Wendy Chaves, chief of the Coast Guard Office of Research, Development, Test and Evaluation.
Scripps Oceanography has longed worked with the Navy and other branches of the federal government on marine research.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Coast Guard to Scripps Institution of Oceanography,” said Margaret Leinen, UC San Diego’s vice chancellor for marine science and director of Scripps Oceanography. “This close proximity will be mutually beneficial and help foster the transfer of knowledge, inspire collaboration and education, and leverage the blue technology expertise on our campus and in San Diego as a whole.”
Ideas arising from the interdisciplinary center’s work will be shared with the private sector, other federal agencies, academia and nonprofit organizations.
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