Study Targets Economic Benefits of Ocean Observing

SeaDiscovery.com
Friday, August 23, 2013

The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) has awarded ERISS Corporation the funds to work with The Maritime Alliance on a study that will articulate the impact of the ocean observation sector in the U.S.

“IOOS data and information fuel industry with knowledge that determines business operations. Shellfish growers rely on ocean acidification data to know when to take action to protect crops. Shipping companies check ocean currents, wave heights, and bridge clearance data to know when it is safe to deliver goods,” said Zdenka Willis, U.S. IOOS Program Director. “This study will begin to quantify our economic benefits with facts, figures, company names and more.”

The nationally-focused study will inventory companies classified as providers of technology to IOOS and intermediate users of IOOS information that sell it to end users. The study will address items such as number of companies in each category (provider and intermediate user), size of these companies, volume of activity, volume of exports and number of employees. The study will include narratives by companies on how IOOS has helped their operations, planning and growth, as well as perceived potential for future growth and investment.

ERISS and The Maritime Alliance bring together more than 20 years’ experience in comprehensive labor market surveys, employer outreach, and a business-focused, in-depth understanding of the current Blue Technology marketplace and policy landscape.

ioos.noaa.gov

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