Iām feeling a bit guilty writing this with everyone in the UK still experiencing the wet wintery weather, as Iām in Honolulu, Hawaii at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting. I arrived around midnight last Friday and spent Saturday morning relaxing on the edge of Waikiki beach looking out to sea, watching people go by and reading a book; and Iād recommend Mr Penumbraās 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan as a great story if youāre interested technology, cryptography or old books!
Ocean Sciences 2014 opened with a welcome reception on Sunday evening and an interesting key note address by Polynesian explorer Elizabeth Kapuāuwailani Lindsey entitled āBringing the Wisdom of the āEldersā Together with Modern Science for the Future of the Environmentā.Ā During the evening I did try to try track down the three people Iām mentoring at this conference ā Elaine, Guangming and Navid. However, as there are over 5,000 attendeeās there were a lot of people to search through!
I finally sat down with my mentees at breakfast on Monday morning. The meetingās mentoring program is an interesting concept designed to help novice conference attendees get the most value out of their experience.
Yesterday we met up at Navidās poster to discuss his work on modelling internal waves, at lunch we discussed Elaineās poster on climate data services and tomorrow Guangming is presenting a talk on the turbidity maximum in Chesapeake Bay in the same session as Iām presenting my ocean colour atmospheric correction work. This is a great element about going to scientific conferences, meeting people to discuss their research and interests. Some are new acquaintances and some Iāve known for a long time. My first time attendance at this meeting (also in Hawaii) was in 2006.
Today Iāve also been to a session on particles in the coastal ocean, and this evening it was Philanthropic Investment in Ocean Research. Tomorrow Iāve got a really busy day as Iām speaking, Iāll give you an update on the second half of the conference next week!
A little addendum I noticed while finishing this post is that Satellite Applications Catapult yesterday published its response to UK Space Innovation and Growth Strategy Space Growth Action Plan. Iāve downloaded it, and it will form part of my next beach reading session!