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Contact: Ben Sherman, NOAA Public Affairs


Cell: 202-253-5256 June 7, 2004


Briefing to Feature Link to NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown at Titanic Site

Tuesday, June 8 th is World Oceans Day. NOAA, the United States ' “ocean agency,” is bring experts to the G-8 Sea Island Summit to discuss the importance of ocean, coastal and global observation to the world's economy. Improving global observation systems will be a major topic of discussion at the

G-8 Summit .

WHAT: NOAA Media Briefing at G-8 Economic Summit

WHEN: June 8, 2004 – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Oglethorpe Auditorium, Room A, Savannah Convention Center

WHO: James L. Connaughton, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality

Richard W. Spinrad, Assistant Administrator, NOAA's National Ocean Service

Richard Jahnke, Professor, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

Robert Ballard , U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy

Capt. Craig McLean, Director, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration

Alexander E. MacDonald, Director, NOAA Forecast Systems Laboratory

BACKGROUND: Last July the United States hosted 34 countries and 20 international organizations at the first-ever Earth Observation Summit for the purpose of establishing a comprehensive Earth Observation system. The G-8 ministers meeting at Evian (2003) followed up on that meeting and called for G-8 nations to strengthen cooperation on global observations. The recent preliminary report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy also endorsed the establishment of an integrated ocean observation system. The topic is a point of major discussion this week here in Georgia . Improving public understanding of the oceans and marine science is a critical component of maximizing the benefits from an observation system. The NOAA press briefing will provide insights into both the construction and potential economic impacts of coordinated earth observation systems, and highlight some of the new ways we can learn about the oceans which cover 70 percent of the planet.

NOAA will also present famed undersea explorer Bob Ballard who discovered the RMS Titanic. He will be linked via satellite live from the NOAA ship Ronald H. Brown, which is over the Titanic wreck site. Ballard is a member of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and NOAA will have a two-way link to facilitate his participation in Q&A period.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of the nation's coastal and marine resources. For more information about NOAA, please visit:

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