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Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet speaking to oceanography majors during a visit to the U.S. Naval Academy Oceanography Department on 01 February, 2017

Oceanographer of the Navy visits USNA

  POSTED ON: Thursday, February 2, 2017 12:45 PM by Alexander R. Davies and Brian Leshak

Oceanographer of the Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet spoke with oceanography majors during a visit to the U.S. Naval Academy Oceanography Department on 01 February, 2017.  Rear Adm. Gallaudet addressed topics including the future of Navy Oceanography, why the services provided by the naval oceanographic community are an invaluable resource for fleet operations, and how the impacts from climate change are being felt across the U.S. Navy.  

"The Navy needs to use every arrow in its quiver and Naval Oceanography is as important as ever," said Gallaudet. "When looking at some of the big changes the Navy is focusing on right now, many of them are weather sensitive. Of the many things we're working on, one of them is to improve our forecast abilities. When I was a junior officer we had a difficult time forecasting out to 36 hours, now we're out to at least five days accurately and we would like to be able to forecast out to two weeks by the end of this decade."

Following his address to midshipmen, Rear Adm. Gallaudet spoke with Oceanography Department faculty and staff about research, the academic curriculum, and ongoing initiatives.  The topics included study abroad opportunities, the TROPIC internship and research program, the Center for Chesapeake Bay Observation and Modeling, the Polar Science and Technology Program, research in the Severn River and surrounding estuaries, autonomous equipment advancements, and a research update on Madden-Julian Oscillation teleconnections.   

Picture Source: U.S. Navy photos by Brian Leshak.  Brian Leshak is the Director of Corporate Communication for the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy and an author on this article.

Category: General Interest

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Alexander R. Davies
USNA Oceanography Department