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The US needs open ocean data to avoid an innovation wipeout

The past decade has seen a significant surge in ocean activities, discoveries, and challenges, spotlighting the critical role of data in shaping oceanic endeavors. Rear Admiral (ret.) Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., and oceanographer Tim Janssen, Ph.D., outline three vital steps needed to manage this surge in ocean data for a more connected and sustainable future.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) led the development of the national strategy and plan to gather ocean data through mapping, exploration, science, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems. Expanding collaboration, standardizing system components, and enhancing data discoverability via public-private partnerships are critical to augment the wealth of oceanic information. Sofar Ocean plays a pivotal role in making private sector ocean data more accessible, significantly contributing to unlocking the full potential of ocean data for a sustainable future.

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