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November 1, 2011
Remembering and Honoring Seth Brown
As I began writing this first edition of OpenOceans Global’s E-Newsletter to tell my friends and associates about our new web site, I received word that Seth Brown had passed away. You might not know him, but Seth was a friend, a mentor, and the man who gave me my first chance to work on ocean issues professionally. Seth was also the reason OpenOceans Global began. More than twenty years ago, when I was the executive director of the ocean organization he founded, Seth asked me "why don't ocean research organizations work together?"
I never sufficiently answered that question. A little over five years ago I began to research the answer as a way of paying Seth back for all he has done for me. The result was OpenOceans Global. The journey has been a rewarding one. Those of us involved with OpenOceans Global have made many new friends and connected with many old ones, all interested in how we can work together to better understand the ocean.
Seth Brown always loved the ocean, and he spent a great deal of his life trying to make sure it stayed a viable resource for both the life found in its waters and the humans who depend on it in so many ways. His selfless work was largely unrecognized, although he was an honored recipient of the Roger Revelle Perpetual Award from the San Diego Oceans Foundation. The award is given annually to a San Diegan who has made a significant contribution to human’s ability to co-exist with the marine environment.
It was Seth who said "you better add 'Global' to the OpenOceans name, because the ocean is a global issue."
Although this was not the time or place where we intended to recognize Seth Brown, fate intervened, and we remember and honor Seth for all the good he did in his life, for both the ocean and for people. In the future, we will develop a lasting tribute in his name.
About OpenOceans Global
As mentioned above, you are receiving this E-Newsletter because you are one of the friends or associates referred to above, or someone in our circle who we believe would be interested in what OpenOceans Global intends to do.
This first edition of our E-Newsletter is designed to welcome you to OpenOceans Global and to introduce you to our new web site where you can learn more about our goals and see what we are sharing online.
OpenOceans Global’s ultimate goal is to aggregate the world's ocean data and creatively present that data online using advanced visualization technologies. However, before we can accomplish that heady goal, we intend to create a cross-sector community of people and organizations who understand that we can't save the ocean or use it safely if we don't understand its processes. Those processes include the ocean's interaction with the atmosphere, climate change, watersheds, and the water cycle.
We believe that the need to understand the ocean is something we all have in common, no matter what our interests.
The new web portal has been constructed to provide value across ocean sectors by linking to accurate information about the ocean. The web site is the next step in the process to accomplish OpenOceans Global’s objectives.
Please check back at www.openoceans.org regularly!
Our Founding Partners
We are grateful that we have three world-class founding partners to help us move forward.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a world-class data and marine education organization, the Aquarium of the Pacific is a world-class non-profit education organization, and MIT's Science Impact Collaborative is a world-class joint-fact-finding/conflict resolution center. Research, education, and bringing people and organization's together are the most important items on OpenOceans Global's agenda, and we have three world-class partners to help us.
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