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Preparing a Workforce for the New Blue Economy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128214312, 9780128214329

Preparing a Workforce for the New Blue Economy

1st Edition

People, Products and Policies

Editors: Liesl Hotaling Richard Spinrad
Paperback ISBN: 9780128214312
eBook ISBN: 9780128214329
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 27th May 2021
Page Count: 634
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Preparing a Workforce for the New Blue Economy: People, Products and Policies discusses the Blue Economy, how the industry will develop, and how to train the next generation. The book considers the use of big data, key skillsets, training undergraduate and graduate students, the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) in the US, economic opportunities in African coastal countries, and governmental agencies, non-profits and NGO’s. Finally, a broad range of case studies are provided, covering oil spills, commercial fishing, data protection and harvesting, sustainability and weather forecasting, all presented to highlight the educational requirements of the workforce and potential economic opportunities.

Key Features

  • Coordinates efforts from different disciplines and sectors, and shares effective teaching practices and approaches
  • Includes comprehensive case studies that highlight the educational requirements of the workforce and potential economic opportunities
  • Presents a framework for unifying several workforce sectors that are dependent upon the ocean


Ocean scientists and Environmental Scientists generally. Policymakers, NGO’s, investors/business people, academics/researchers, marine industry

Table of Contents

Preparing a Workforce for the New Blue Economy


Martin Koehring

List of Contributors

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Section I. Exploration and Observation

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1. Exploration And Technology – Key Building Blocks For The New Blue Economy

Don Walsh

2. Technical Advancements to Improve Ocean Observation

Wendy Watson-Wright and Paul Snelgrove

3. Ocean Observing Requires a New Blue Economy Workforce

Carl C. Gouldman

4. Ocean Modeling

Eric Chassignet

5. Propelling the New Blue Economy with Safer Marine Transportation and Infrastructure

A. J. Reiss

Section II. Defining the new Blue Economy

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6. The New Blue Economy

Richard Spinrad

7. Market Analysis of the New Blue Economy

Ralph F. Rayner

8. The Importance of the New Blue Economy to a Sustainable Blue Economy

Judith Kildow

Section III. Programs that Deliver

Liesl Hotaling and Richard Spinrad


9. A New Blue Economy: Connecting ocean information with the needs of the recreational and commercial fishing industry

Josh Kohut

Interview: Recreational Fishing

Mitch Roffer

Interview: Ocean observing and the New Blue Economy Impacts on Business - Aquaculture

Perry Raso


10. Marine Energy Contribution to the New Blue Economy

Alejandro Moreno and Simon Geerlofs

11. Using Science to Safely Tap Energy and Minerals from the Sea: Role of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

William Yancey Brown

Interview: Ocean Data use in the Oil and Gas Industry

Samuel Walker

12. Influences and impact of the energy industry on the New Blue Economy and its workforce development

Jan R. van Smirren


13. Oceans and Human Health and the New Blue Economy

Paul A. Sandifer, Dwayne Porter, Paula Keener and Geoffrey Scott

Interview: Human Health and Cholera

Rita Colwell

Interview: Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

Barbara Kirkpatrick

14. Biological Information For The New Blue Economy And The Emerging Role Of eDNA

Jesse Huntley Ausubel

Homeland Security

15. National Security and the New Blue Economy

Thomas G. Drake


16. The New Blue Economy in the American Arctic: Challenge and Opportunity in the 21st Century

Tim Gallaudet

Interview: Marine Litter

Emily Smail

Interview: Entreprenuer utilizing ocean data and drones for ocean surveys

Oscar Garcia-Pineda

17. Tsunami Hazard and the New Blue Economy

Vasily V. Titov

18. Rising Sea Level

John Englander

Interview: Surfing

Ben Freeston

19. Seafloor mapping

David Millar

Section IV. Mechanisms for Growth

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20. Australia’s Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre

John Whittington and Irene Penesis

Case Study: The New Blue Economy: People, Products, and Policies

Michael Jones

Case Study: Marine Industries Science and Technology (MIST) Cluster

Laurie A. Jugan

Case Study: Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE)

Jim Hanlon

Interview: Industry Trends

Justin Manley

Op/Ed: Enhancing Ocean Observing through Collaborations

Peer Fietzek

Section V. Building the Workforce

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21. Preparing the Workforce for the New Blue Economy

Liesl Hotaling

22. Workforce Development and Leadership Training for the New Blue Economy

Bradley Moran

Case Study: RUCOOL Operational Oceanography Masters – Workforce Development Case Study

Nick Beaird

Op/Ed: Overcoming Roadblocks and Charting a Course Forward to the New Blue Economy: An African American Woman’s Perspective on Being the First

Deidre Michelle Gibson

23. Developing Technician Education Programs for the New Blue

Hans Van Sumeren

Op/Ed: Big Ocean Data

Randy Kochevar

Op/Ed: How to Prepare the Workforce for the New Blue Economy?

Louisa Koch

Interview: Early Career Ocean Professionals

Alfredo Giron

Interview: Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Noelani Puniwai

24. Building an Inclusive and Equitable New Blue Economy

Deidre Michelle Gibson and Ben Cuker

Op/Ed: The New Blue Workforce: A Case for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion by Design

Kathryn D. Sullivan

Interview: Veteran Workforce Opportunities

Robert Coniglione

Interview: Professional Certifications

Bev MacKenzie

Op/Ed: Role of Certifications in Education Programs

Steve Hall

Section VI. Policies that Facilitate

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25. Domestic Opportunities to Advance Blue Economy Priorities

Rachel Mitnick

26. Government Action and the New Blue Economy

Craig McLean

27. UN Decade Perspective

Vladimir Ryabinin

28. A Sustainable New Blue Economy

Margaret Spring

Op/Ed: Risk Tolerance

Norm Augustine

Section VII. Final Thoughts

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Author Index

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Author Biographies

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Subject Index

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About the Editors

Liesl Hotaling

Liesl Hotaling, President of Eidos Education, has spent the past 20 years creating hands-on science and technology educational projects for students and educators. She specializes in real time data education projects and hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational projects supporting environmental observing networks. She holds a B.A. in Marine Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a M.A.T. in Science Teaching from Monmouth University, and a M.S. in Maritime Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Eidos Education; University of South Florida, USA

Richard Spinrad

Dr. Richard Spinrad, Under Secretary of Commerce and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Professor Emeritus of Oceanography at Oregon State University (OSU), past member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies, and a past President of the Marine Technology Society. In 2016 he retired as Chief Scientist of the NOAA, as appointed by President Barack Obama. Dr. Spinrad was the Vice President for Research at OSU, and previously was the head of NOAA’s Research Office and the National Ocean Service. He co-led the White House Committee developing the nation’s first set of ocean research priorities. Dr. Spinrad was a Senior Executive with the U.S. Navy, where he was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Award (highest civilian award in the Navy). He held faculty appointments at three universities, served as Executive Director at the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education, and was President of Sea Tech, Inc. He also created the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Dr. Spinrad was the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Spinrad received Presidential Rank Awards from Presidents Bush and Obama, is past president of The Oceanography Society, and is a Fellow of 3 professional societies. Dr. Spinrad holds degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and OSU.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Oceanography, Oregon State University (OSU), USA

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