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Knight Investments LLC review US Navy's Submarine Arctic Science Program
Knight Investments LLC Officials noted a new science plan for the Arctic Ocean, which takes advantage of the unique observing and data-collection capabilities of the U.S. Navy's nuclear-powered submarines.
By: Jonathan Joel
Officials have noted that this 76-page plan, titled "Part 1: Technical Guidance for Planning Science Accommodations Missions," has been published on the website of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission and paper copies are available upon request. Part 2 of the
plan, currently under development, will outline the management of SCICEX data and scientific community access.
It was discussed by officials from Knight Investments LLC that the data showed exemplary processes regarding the management of the arctic ice. Compliance Officials stated that there were increased legislation pushes to see how projects (seeking compliance solutions) would contribute in a positive manner towards ensuring the lessening of this action.
Officials from KI stated that reports like these mattered because it influenced the view of how the renewable energy sector would inevitably be impacted.
The plan provides the U.S. Navy with a detailed and prioritized list of sampling recommendations to measure sea ice thickness (i.e., draft profiling), ocean hydrography and bathymetry (i.e., water depth), and to measure and sample ocean biology and chemistry. The ultimate goal of collecting this information is to increase the scientific knowledge and understanding of the Arctic Ocean region.
The Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Ms. Jackie Richter-Menge, of the U.S. Army's Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, noted, "Past SCICEX cruises provided critically important data that have helped us monitor the Arctic Ocean and understand its complex changes.
Compliance Officials stated that the monitoring of the Arctic Ocean is probably the most overlooked category for project principals seeking to be compliant with domestic legislation.
This data includes the first (and most definitive) evidence of a thinning sea ice cover, and significant contributions to the best publicly available map of the Arctic Ocean - The International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean (www.ngdc.noaa.gov/
The Scientific Advisory Committee will periodically review the plan, and will update it based on advances in knowledge and technology. The plan was approved and endorsed by the SCICEX Interagency Committee which is chaired by the Office of Naval Research, and includes representatives from the Navy's Arctic Submarine Laboratory, and the Chief of Naval Operations, as well as the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.
Mr. George Newton, a former Navy Captain and a submariner, as well as a former Chair of the USARC, said, "The Arctic Ocean is the most poorly understood ocean on Earth, and I'm glad to see Arctic research supported by the unique synoptic data collection capabilities of a nuclear submarine operating under the sea ice."
(SOURCE U.S. Army's Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory)
NOTABLE FACTS ABOUT POLICIES
The Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984 established the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. Its principal duties are to develop and recommend an integrated national Arctic research policy and assist in establishing a national Arctic research program plan to implement the policy. Commissioners also facilitate cooperation between the federal government, state
(SOURCE US ARCTIC RESEARCH COMMISSION)
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