Coast Guard partners with Scripps Institution of Oceanography for campus technology center

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – High-ranking Coast Guard officials were on the campus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography today.  Scripps in partnering with the Coast Guard with “research and use of” the latest in blue technology.

The partnership would seem to be a natural.  Scripps Institution of Oceanography and all of it’s ocean expertise involved with a branch of America’s defense that patrols the oceans and seas.  Friday morning a ceremony on the Scripps campus heralding the collaboration and in particular, the launching of the Blue Technology Center of Expertise.  Much of the high tech equipment and gear involves unmanned vehicles.  Certainly we are familiar with the Coast Guard’s many missions and responsibilities, including search and rescue and drug interdiction.  But they also include boating safety and enforcing fisheries laws.

Coast Guard Vice Admiral Michael McAllister told me:   “In the Pacific, we enforce 12-million square miles of U.S. water we need to protect. The unmanned vehicles you see behind me allows us to detect legal and illegal fishing, allows us to put our resources in the right place.

Same idea with drug interdiction.  Sorting out ocean traffic.  Legal and illegal.

Lisa Hazard is Deputy Director of Scripps’s Coastal Observing and Research Center. We spoke with her beside a solar-powered unmanned vehicle called a Wave Glider.

“With safety,” she said,  “you need to know what the waves are doing, especially with search and rescue.  With this, you can get back the wave measurements, and sensing the weather. That can help the Coast Guard prepare for operations.”

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