Reposted from the Cliff Mass Climate Weblog
The U.S. Navy performs an enormous function in world environmental monitoring and prediction, starting from taking observations on the planet’s oceans and monitoring Arctic sea ice, to operating extremely refined numerical fashions of the environment and ocean. If something ever occurred to the Nationwide Climate Service’s climate prediction fashions, the U.S. Navy stands prepared as a direct backup.
The essential function of Navy meteorology and oceanography was a cause I jumped on the supply of interviewing Navy Rear Admiral John Okon, who holds the function of Oceanographer of the Navy, placing him answerable for the huge Navy environmental enterprise. Admiral Okon was going to come back to Seattle for Seafair/Fleet Week, however COVID-19 cancelled these plans.
However even with Seafair cancelled, Admiral Okon nonetheless needed to achieve out to Northwest residents and so he agreed to this interview, by which we mentioned a lot of climate and ocean points over roughly twenty minutes. Please take a look at the video beneath if you want to study in regards to the U.S. Navy’s function in environmental prediction and even the potential jobs in engaged on these duties.
Just a bit background about Admiral Okon. He acquired a B.S. in meteorology and oceanography from the N.Y Maritime Faculty, adopted by a grasp’s diploma in meteorology and bodily meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate College in Monterey, along with his adviser being Dr. Wendell Nuss, a graduate of the UW. So he has a robust UW Husky connection.
Later he served as meteorologist and oceanographer aboard two plane carriers, adopted by a collection of more and more accountable command posts together with operating the Navy’s modeling middle in Monterey, adopted by taking up the important thing publish of Navy oceanographer.
My dialog with him ranged from high-tech ocean observing programs (e.g., just like the seagliders that may keep underwater for months) to the challenges of cybersecurity of climate modeling programs.
Extra info on U.S. Navy meteorology and oceanography might be discovered right here.
August 5, 2020 in Forecasting. Tags: Admiral Okon, Nationwide Climate Service, US Navy