Preparing a Workforce for the New Blue Economy

Preparing a Workforce for the New Blue Economy

People, Products and Policies

1st Edition - May 27, 2021

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  • Editors: Liesl Hotaling, Richard Spinrad
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128214312
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128214329

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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

    Liesl Hotaling and Richard Spinrad


    Liesl Hotaling and Richard Spinrad

    Section I. Exploration and Observation

    Liesl Hotaling and Richard Spinrad

    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

    Liesl Hotaling and Richard Spinrad

    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

    Liesl Hotaling and Richard Spinrad

    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

    Liesl Hotaling and Richard Spinrad

    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

    Liesl Hotaling and Richard Spinrad

    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

    Liesl Hotaling and Richard Spinrad

    Author Index

    Liesl Hotaling and Richard Spinrad

    Author Biographies

    Liesl Hotaling and Richard Spinrad

    Subject Index

    Liesl Hotaling and Richard Spinrad

Product details

  • No. of pages: 634
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: May 27, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128214312
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128214329

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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