Hearings – Deep sea challenge: innovative partnerships in ocean observation (video)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today announced the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard will hold a hearing on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. titled, “Deep Sea Challenge: Innovative Partnerships in Ocean Observation.” This hearing will examine ways to expand and leverage public and private partnerships for ocean science and observation.

Witnesses will provide testimony legislation that expands federal ocean research with a specific focus on ocean acidification and the Arctic region. This legislation includes the reauthorization of the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observing System Act of 2009, the reauthorization of the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009, and the Arctic Research, Monitoring and Observing Act of 2013.

On the same day, James Cameron’s DEEPSEA CHALLENGER submersible will be displayed on C St. between the Russell and Dirksen Senate Office Buildings from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This is the vessel Cameron used to explore the deepest place on Earth. Cameron since donated the sub to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for use in future ocean research. This partnership is an example of how continued investment in technology can create opportunities for new ocean observation. Click here to track the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER’s journey to Washington, D.C.

Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website.  Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.


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U. S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, 11 June 2013. Article and webcast.

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