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RSMAS (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science) meeting

Miami, 19 February 2013

The effects of climate change is the core of the Blue Planet Odyssey’s mission and since its launch we have contacted a number of scientific institutions to offer our contribution to research programs to do with climate change. Individual cruising boats, referred to as vessels of opportunity, have participated in such programs in the past but never has an entire sailing event been involved in any meaningful research project.

RSMAS in Miami (www.rsmas.miami.edu)

Last week I made a presentation outlining the aims of the Blue Planet Odyssey to a group of research scientists at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami.

The response could not have been more positive as they realized the potential of using the boats taking part in our event for their own work. Various possible projects were discussed and their feasibility is being assessed.

The effects of climate change is one of the main areas of interest at this research institution, one of whose leading figures is Dr Brian Soden, Professor of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, and laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as lead author of the 2007 report for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Climate change seems to be a subject of prime interest to the Miami scientific community as I also had an inspiring conversation with Caroline Lewis, founder of CLEO (Creative Learning and Engagement Opportunities). The CLEO Institute forges partnerships with schools, universities, research centers, community groups, and government entities, to advance environmental literacy.

Caroline Lewis

We agreed on the potential synergy between the Blue Planet Odyssey and the aims of her own organization, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the challenges faced by the environment. We explored possible areas of cooperation and agreed that an educational program involving school children, both in the countries of the participants and especially in some of the endangered islands we plan to visit, would have the best chance of achieving both our stated aims: to bring the effects of climate change to the attention of the widest audience.

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