" Combining emergent technologies will fundamentally transform our understanding of the innate complexity of our planetary life support system the global ocean," explains Professor John R. Delaney, University of Washington and keynote speaker at the Marine Board-ESF Forum.
Technology will drive progress, not just in ocean science, but in a range of maritime sectors. Using the Irish SmartBay initiative as a case study, IBM Distinguished Engineer, Dr Harry Kolar explains: "Advancements in areas such as high performance analytics and modeling, real-time event-driven approaches, data management, sensor design, communications technology and data transport are benefiting a diverse range of marine and maritime sectors from flood condition monitoring to commercial fishing, aquaculture, renewable energy and public health."
But which technologies should society invest in and how can we fast-track the process from concept to production? The Forum will discuss how blue technology development, whether in a university lab, a small start-up or a big multi-national company, can be supported and fostered to ensure Europe maintains its role as one of the world's leading maritime regions.
"In the coming decade, innovation will be essential to underpin scientific discoveries, drive a thriving maritime economy and offer new tools to assess and sustainably manage the marine environment. Multi-sector collaboration will be key to achieving these goals" says Kostas Nittis, Marine Board Chair, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece.
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