The U.S Coast Guard along with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography collaborated and launched the Blue Technology Center of Expertise (COE), which will focus on the research and the use of the blue technology. The center is located on the Scripps Oceanography campus in San Diego, while the ribbon-cutting ceremony was on Friday 24 January, 2020.
Both sides attended the ceremony to celebrate this new beginning between Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Coast Guard.
Specifically, the event was presented by Rep. John Garamendi, Rep. Scott Peters, Rep. Mike Levin, UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, Port of San Diego Commissioner Marshall Merrifield, and Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Mission Support Vice Adm. Michael F. McAllister.
The Blue Technology Center of Expertise will better connect the Coast Guard with the tremendous government, academic and industry innovation ecosystem in the San Diego area. It will create a unique pipeline for the rapid identification and implementation of new maritime technologies into critical Coast Guard operations around the globe.
…as the USCG Deputy Commandant for Mission Support Vice Adm. Michael McAllister, said.
For the records, the Blue Technology Center of Expertise (COE) goals to boost performance and efficiency in certain areas, as it will further enable sharing information between Coast Guard and the private sector, other federal agencies, academia and nonprofit organizations.
Blue technology is any technology, system or platform designed for use above, on, or below the surface of the ocean that can support or facilitate Coast Guard maritime domain awareness, search and rescue, emergency response, maritime law enforcement, marine inspections and investigations. The Coast Guard was authorized to establish the Blue Technology COE by the 2018 Save Our Seas Act.
Concluding, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is a center which plays a vital role in the field of marine research and education. About a year ago, its researchers modified a common physical oceanography instrument able to image zooplankton as it glides through the ocean.