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WHOI Scientist to Testify July 12 on the Development and Implementation of Ocean Observing Systems

July 10, 2001

Senior Scientist Robert Weller will testify July 12 before a joint Congressional hearing on ocean exploration and the development and implementation of coastal and ocean observing systems. The hearing will start at 1 p.m. in Room 2318 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC.

Weller, who heads the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research at WHOI, was invited to speak before an oversight hearing of the House of Representatives Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans, the Subcommittee on Research, and the Subcommittee on Environment, Technology and Standards.

Weller has been a member of the Physical Oceanography Department since 1979. He is well known for his research on air-sea interaction and has participated in a number of major national and international programs to understand the oceans role in climate, among them projects related to better prediction of climate variations like El Niño.

Other scientists and witnesses invited to testify: The Honorable Donald L. Evans, Secretary of Commerce; Dr. Rita R. Colwell, Director, The National Science Foundation; Admiral Jay M. Cohen, Chief, Office of Naval Research, U.S. Navy; Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher, Jr., President, Consortium for Oceanographic Research & Education; Dr. Marcia McNutt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute; Dr. Robert Ballard, President, Institute for Exploration and Scientist Emeritus at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Dr. J. Frederick Grassle, Director, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University; Dr. Alfred M. Beaton, Senior Science Advisor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and Dr. Alexander Malahoff, Director, Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, University of Hawaii.