Nature-based Solutions in the American Blue Economy | American Blue Economy Podcast

November 15, 2022

Come explore the high upside of nature-based solutions!

In this month's episode the American Blue Economy Podcast, our host  Rear Admiral, Tim Gallaudet, PhD, US Navy (ret) explores nature-based solutions in the American Blue Economy.  We'll cover creative solutions in coastal resilience and hazard mitigation such as wetland restoration, coral reef conservation, eco-friendly construction components. Although our focus is coastal resilience, the term nature-based solutions refers to sustainable management and use of natural features and processes to tackle socio-environmental challenges. such as climate change, water security, water pollution, food security, human health, biodiversity loss, and disaster risk management Joining us will be Jennifer Steger, Pacific Regional Manager at NOAA’s Restoration Center, Dr. Ido Sella, CEO of ECOncrete, and Dr. Bernhard Riegl, Professor and Chair of Marine and Environmental Sciences. Co-director of the Florida Climate Institute, and director of the National Coral Reef Institute at Nova Southeastern University. Bringing in diverse perspectives from the government, private sector, and academia, we're guaranteed to give a superior session on the significance of sustainability in the American Blue Economy.

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Adm. Tim Gallaudet

Rear Admiral Gallaudet, PhD, USN (ret) is the CEO of Ocean STL Consulting. From 2017-2021, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere / Deputy NOAA Administrator, and from 2017-2019 he also served as the Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere / NOAA Administrator. As Acting Administrator, he led the agency comprised of 20,000 federal employees and contractors managing the nation’s fisheries, coastal resources and waterways, weather satellites, weather services, and environmental research, overseeing a $6B annual budget and daily operations of 18 environmental satellites, 16 oceanographic ships, 9 aircraft, 450 boats, and 400 technical divers, 6 supercomputers, over a dozen laboratories, and several hundred field sites across the country. As the Deputy Administrator, he led NOAA’s Blue Economy activities that advance marine transportation, sustainable seafood, ocean exploration and mapping, marine tourism and recreation, and coastal resilience. Prior to NOAA, Rear Admiral Gallaudet served for 32 years in the US Navy, completing his career as the Oceanographer of the Navy. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the US Naval Academy, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, all in oceanography.