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Ocean of opportunity: UD-led network takes ocean's pulse for public benefit

Ocean of opportunity:  UD-led network takes ocean's pulse for public benefit

A University of Delaware-led network in the Mid-Atlantic has its finger on the ocean’s “pulse” and is putting that data to use -- to save lives, improve flood warnings, protect fish stocks from overfishing while enhancing the fishing experience, save shipping time and fuel costs, and even spawn new businesses.

These are just a few of the applications, both real and potential, for the extensive data being gathered by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS), according to its new executive director, Gerhard Kuska.

Kuska, who holds both a bachelor’s degree in political science and a doctorate in marine policy from UD, is providing day-to-day management of MARACOOS working with Carolyn Thoroughgood, professor of marine biosciences in UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE). (full article)