Ocean Exploration 2020: A National Forum was hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Aquarium of the Pacific in partnership and through the support of the organizations listed below.
NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science, with a reach that goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor. NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts; to share that knowledge and information with others; and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is the fourth most-attended aquarium in the nation. Beyond its world-class animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages. Through these programs and a variety of multimedia experiences, the Aquarium provides opportunities to delve deeper into ocean science. It has redefined the modern aquarium. It is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and a place where important topics facing our planet and our ocean are explored by scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders in the search for sustainable solutions.
The Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration (GFOE) is a newly established non-profit foundation whose primary mission is to enable the next generation of engineers and film makers by providing an open platform for work and training opportunities in the fields of Ocean Exploration and Research. GFOE is dedicated to the idea that to continue to advance our knowledge of the natural world, we must not only inspire the next generation but also provide meaningful work opportunities to enable them to make lasting contributions.
Schmidt Ocean Institute is a private non-profit operating foundation established to advance ocean exploration, discovery, and knowledge, and catalyze sharing of information about the oceans. The Institute is devoted to the advancement of technology and open sharing of information crucial to expanding the understanding of the world's oceans.
Google, Inc. specializes in Internet-related services and products, including search, cloud computing, software and online advertising technologies. Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management manages the exploration and development of the nation's offshore resources. It seeks to appropriately balance economic development, energy independence, and environmental protection through oil and gas leases, renewable energy development and environmental reviews and studies.
Esri is the leading worldwide supplier of Geographic Information System (GIS) software and geodatabase management applications. Esri pursues mapping and spatial analysis with visionary products and services, as ArcGIS and ArcInfo, that define the science of GIS.
As a federal agency, NASA conducts work in aeronautics to solve the challenges that still exist in our nation's air transportation system; in human exploration and operations, including on International Space Station operations, development of commercial spaceflight opportunities and human exploration beyond low Earth orbit; science to explore the Earth, solar system, and universe beyond; and space technology.
The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" The agency is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities.
The Ocean Exploration Trust was founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard to engage in pure ocean exploration. In addition to conducting scientific research on board the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, the Ocean Exploration Trust offers its expeditions to explorers, educators, and students of all ages on shore via live video, audio, and data feeds from the field.
The Roddenberry Foundation supports and inspires efforts that create and expand new frontiers for the benefit of humanity. It funds innovative solutions to critical global issues in the areas of science and technology, the environment, education, and humanitarian advances.
The U.S. Geological Survey is a federal science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment; the natural hazards that threaten us; the natural resources we rely on; the impacts of climate and land-use change; and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.
The U.S. Department of State is the federal executive department responsible for international relations of the United States, equivalent to the foreign ministries of other countries. The mission of the agency is to advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system.