The Future of Data, Oceans, and International Affairs

Atlantic Council – Geotech Center
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
public webinar / panel

Oceans are known as the final frontier. Currently, humanity knows less about oceans than about outer space. The oceans present potential solutions to some of our world’s most pressing problems such as climate change and food security, and are also an emergent strategic geopolitical battleground, with recent increased activity in the South China Sea.

This GeoTech Hour will cover current oceanic data gaps, how and when these data gaps may be filled, and the implications of filling such data gaps. It will further touch upon the intersection between the oceans and international affairs, and how data is transforming this relationship.

Additionally, understanding both the deep ocean as well as coastal areas will be essential for our future ahead.  Our panelists will also discuss the need to be prepared for when climate change starts to cause both extreme ocean-related weather events, such as severe hurricanes and typhoons – as well as “splash over events”, where ocean water mixes with land-based sources for potable freshwater.


Thammy Evans
Nonresident Senior Fellow, GeoTech Center, Atlantic Council

Horst Kremers
Senior Engineer and Information Scientist,
Information Systems Strategy Advisor

Eric Rasmussen
Infinitum Humanitarian Systems (IHS)

Sahil Shah
Co-founder and Director
Sustainable Seaweed

Hosted by

David Bray, PhD
Director, GeoTech Center
Atlantic Council

More details and registration for this free and open Webinar