EOHSI/NIEHS Seminar Series – Fall 2015
Joshua Kohut, Ph.D.
Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
“A Robot’s View of Our Ocean Planet”
September 10, 2015 – 12:00 PM
Rutgers University – Busch Campus
EOHSI – Conference Room C
170 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway NJ 08854
Summary: Ocean ecosystems span from watersheds to the deep sea and are extremely complex. This complexity hinders planning for ocean resource management, sustainable development, energy policy, homeland security and emergency response. This lack of understanding is fueling governments around the world to build regional integrated coastal ocean observing networks. The networks are enabled by rapid advances in technology, from satellites in space to robots below the ocean surface. They are built to support both basic research and the practical needs of society, from offshore resource management to the economy. While only 10% of the oceans are coastal, they contain an abundance of natural resources and by 2050 it is estimated that 75% of Earth’s human population will live within its watershed. This presentation will introduce you to a fleet of underwater robots and their expanding role in ocean observation. I will describe how we are applying them to advance our understanding of the unexplored ocean environment and share some experiences from recent work conducted at the Rutgers University Center of Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL) from the waters off New Jersey to Antarctica. Together these ocean observations are allowing us to better understand the ocean’s role in extreme events like hurricanes and longer-term climatic change.