Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing all levels and sectors of society.
Humanity faces a profoundly different planet in coming decades. Extreme weather, sea level rise, disrupted food systems, reduced access to clean water, and threats to national and regional security will reshape the world and rewrite the rules governing human habitability across much of the planet. The ocean plays a central role in all these threats, and it could also be the key to solving many of the generational challenges we face.
The Ocean and Climate Innovation Accelerator (OCIA) is a unique consortium generating new knowledge and accelerating climate solutions by focusing on the ocean and leveraging the strengths of academic research and commercial development. OCIA was launched in 2021 by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), through our shared recognition of the urgent need to understand fundamental ocean processes to predict future climate impact and to inform policies to address it. OCIA is intentionally designed to bring together organizations across sectors and areas of expertise to drive collective action and meaningful, scalable change.
We seek organizations equally as committed to action and eager to provide expertise and resources that will make a lasting impact. OCIA enables consortium members to accelerate critical ocean-related research by leveraging each organization’s unique capabilities and funding world-class ocean scientists and engineers.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, OCIA founding member, is the world’s largest non-profit focused on ocean exploration, discovery, and understanding. The ocean is at the heart of what we do. Our over 500 scientists, engineers, and technicians work from pole to pole, from the coast to the open ocean, and from the wave tops to the seafloor and below—pushing the boundaries of knowledge about the ocean to reveal its impacts on our planet and our lives. At a time of unparalleled change and difficult decisions, WHOI is a source of reliable knowledge and insight for scientists, legislators, businesses, and the public.
Analog Devices (Nasdaq: ADI), OCIA founding member, is a global, semi-conductor company operating at the center of the modern digital economy, converting real-world phenomena into actionable insight with its comprehensive suite of analog and mixed signal, power management, radio frequency (RF), and digital and sensor technologies. ADI serves 125,000 customers with more than 75,000 products in the industrial, communications, automotive, and consumer markets.
NI (Nasdaq: NATI) brings together the people, ideas and technology so forward thinkers and creative problem solvers can take on humanity’s biggest challenges. From data and automation to research and validation, NI provides tailored, software-connected systems engineers and enterprises need to Engineer Ambitiously™ every day.
First Horizon Corp. (NYSE: FHN), with $85.1 billion in assets as of June 30, 2023, is a leading regional financial services company, dedicated to helping our clients, communities and associates unlock their full potential with capital and counsel. Headquartered in Memphis, TN, the banking subsidiary First Horizon Bank operates in 12 states across the southern U.S.