Sometimes referred to as the 'Serengeti of the Sea', the one-of-a-kind Monterey Bay of California is now embracing a new name, the 'Blue Silicon Valley' which aptly describes the world's leading sustainable, marine science research and development region.
The Monterey Bay, one of the largest marine sanctuaries in the United States, is located just 30 miles southwest 0f Silicon Valley and is now primed for commercialization. The business communities of Silicon Valley and the Monterey Bay are now collaborating on outreach strategies to market the region's leading sustainable marine science solutions to address the daunting, environmental challenges of the global 'Blue Economy' with the launch of the 'Blue Silicon Valley Accelerator'.
The Monterey Bay's marine science expertise includes oceanography, climate and weather prediction, fisheries, remote sensing, marine ecology, environmental monitoring, cellular and molecular marine biology, instrument/sensor/mooring development, underwater vehicle technology, ocean circulation and acoustics, marine policy and education. Other marine science sectors of leadership include abalone farming, marine aquaculture for food and energy, sea level rise research and water quality analysis.
Town Hall co-moderators and opening remarks:
Zdenka Willis, U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) / NOAA
Tony Livoti, Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA)
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