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"Would I enjoy an overnight stay in one of those underwater rooms? Yes, I confess I would. But would I invest in those hotels versus in Mr. Rezwan's floating schools? No, I confess I would not."
~ From World Ocean Radio 230: An Ocean Irony

World Ocean Radio in July

World Ocean Radio 232: Ocean Exploration 2020 Forum
232: Ocean Exploration 2020 Forum
About this episode: World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill recently attended the Ocean Exploration 2020 National Forum (see sidebar), a gathering of U.S. ocean exploration leadership, individuals charged by the U.S. Congress to recommend an oceanographic agenda, specific research goals and objectives to be taken by 2020. The event was hosted by NOAA and other partners, and held at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. In this episode we'll share conference approaches, discussions and consensus on a number of ocean science issues, technologies and the ocean future.

World Ocean Radio 231: Water, Water Everywhere
231: Water, Water Everywhere
About this episode: Fresh water as a resource is under constant threat by over-consumption, toxins, pollutants and waste from industrial and agricultural production. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we'll argue the need for equitable and sustainable water practice and distribution and will begin to outline solutions to the global water crisis--small, incremental local actions that will collectively make a difference.

World Ocean Radio 230: An Ocean Irony
230: An Ocean Irony
About this episode: In this episode of World Ocean Radio we'll discuss the stark juxtaposition of two ocean stories, extreme in their differences, linked in unexpected, oppositional ways. The first example is a race for the world's first underwater luxury hotel; the second is a story of floating schools in Bangladesh serving 70,000 children affected by their changing, watery environment.

World Ocean Radio 229: Ocean Bio-Prospecting
229: Ocean Bio-Prospecting
About this episode: The ocean is a valuable and bio-diverse resource for new medicines, treatment for present and future diseases, and is a potential major contributor for the future of global public health. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we'll discuss the various international, political and regulatory challenges of pharmaceutical exploration.

About World Ocean Radio: Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by community radio stations worldwide. You may also subscribe to the weekly podcast on ITunes or find us on, and at

Highlights from the W2O YouTube Channel
We post original and curated video content on our YouTube Channel each week. Here are some of our favorites from July.

Hydraulic Fracturing | GasLand by Josh Fox
The Sky is Pink
This is a Josh Fox's 18-minute short "The Sky is Pink." After"FrackNation," a film attacking Josh Fox's Oscar-nominated film "GasLand" about hydraulic fracturing, was released, Fox made this 18-minute followup short film in response to those attacks. In the film, Fox traces the attacks to the gas industry which spent a fortune in sophisticated PR campaigns portraying natural gas extraction as safe. "Gasland II" is now available on HBO.

Blue Ocean in RED | Howard Hall
The Blue Ocean in RED | Howard Hall
One of our all-time favorites from Howard Hall's "Best of" video collection. This one speaks for itself. Hold your breath for the blue whale at 2:17! Locations include the Maldives, Alaska, California, Cocos Island Costa Rica, and Mexico. Music composed by Shie Rozow. Enjoy.

About the World Ocean Observatory
About the World Ocean Observatory
We've been getting some positive feedback about our new introductory video which outlines the core mission and directives of the World Ocean Observatory. Based on some constructive comments we've made a few changes. We hope you'll take a moment today to learn a bit more about us. It is our belief that the sea connects all things...

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Ocean Exploration 2020 National Forum

Four Innovations from the Ocean Exploration 2020 Forum

Last month W2O Director Peter Neill attended the Ocean Exploration 2020 Forum, a gathering of U.S. ocean exploration leadership, some 75 recognized individuals charged by the U.S. Congress to recommend an oceanographic agenda including specific research goals and objectives to be taken by 2020. Of the many ideas and innovations shared and discussed throughout the weekend's forum, here are four of our favorites.
OpenROV is an open-source underwater robot and so much more. It's also a do-it-yourself community of people working together to create accessible, affordable and inspiring tools for underwater exploration. They are a group of amateur and professional remote operated vehicle (ROV) builders and operators from over 50 countries who have a passion for exploring the deep by designing and constructing wireless, autonomous underwater vehicles.

Liquid Galaxy
2. Liquid Galaxy: Immersive Displays
Liquid Galaxy, a panoramic, immersive display system, breaks new ground by using commodity off-the-shelf hardware. Applications that have been enabled for Liquid Galaxy include Google Earth, Second Life, Microsoft WorldWide Telescope, MPlayer, VLC Video Player, and 3d game engines such as OpenArena, Cube 2: Sauerbrauten, and Irrlicht.

ESRI Geographic Information System Ocean Technology
3. Data Visualization
Esri inspires and enables people to positively impact the future through a deeper, geographic understanding of the changing world around them. The ESRI GIS Ocean Initiative utilizes geographic information system (GIS) technology, providing effective solutions to the integration, visualization, and analysis of information about the ocean. In recent years their ability to measure change in the ocean (including open ocean, nearshore, and coast) is increasing, not only because of improved measuring devices and scientific techniques but also because new GIS technology aids in a better understanding of this dynamic environment. The domain has progressed from applications that merely collect and display data to complex simulation, modeling, and the development of new research methods and concepts. The Ocean Health Index matrix/visualization was created using the Esri system.

Exploration at Sea | Live Feed from US Research Vessels
4. Ships of Exploration: Live at Sea

In 2013 there are four major American vessels engaged in research using humanly operated submersibles capable of retrieving geological, biological, and archaeological cores, samples, and artifacts from the deep ocean floor: Okeanos Explorer, operated by NOAA; Nautilus, operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust; Atlantis, operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; and Falkor, operated by the Schmidt Ocean Institute. Each has a 24/7 live feed connection to classrooms and broadcast to the larger world. So step aboard--log on today!

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