Under Ice Technology and the Blue Economy in the Great Lakes | American Blue Economy Podcast

January 2, 2024

Innovative AUVs: Changing Winter Time Monitoring

In our final episode of the⁠American Blue Economy Podcast⁠,our host⁠Rear Admiral, Tim Gallaudet, PhD, US Navy (ret)⁠meets with his former NOAA colleagues in the Great Lakes to exploreunder-icetechnologyand how ecological and oil spill monitoring are important tools for the Blue Economyin the region. Joining him are⁠ ⁠⁠ Steve Ruberg⁠, a research physical scientist focusing on winter AUV technology atNOAA’s⁠GreatLakes Environmental Research Lab⁠(GLERL),⁠Dr. Ashley Elgin⁠,a researchbenthicecologist also at GLERL,⁠David Ruck⁠,a documentary filmmaker formerly with NOAAandfounder of⁠Great Lakes Outreach Media⁠. Together, they discuss how⁠winter time monitoring ⁠is an important but difficult component of GLERL'slong-time monitoring of the Great Lakes supporting recreation, fisheries, water quality, and more. Many thanks to our loyal listeners, and we wishyou happy holidays, fair winds, and following seasin the years to come!

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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.