HARC People & Nature Speaker Series: Admiral Jonathan White on Climate, Oceans, & National Security

Posting Date: 
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

We live in a dynamic world with critical economic, defense, transportation, and security issues interlinked to our oceans and their natural systems. Observing, monitoring, and learning about our complex oceans and their coastal processes is thus especially critical as we look towards the future, one increasingly associated with uncertainty and climate threats. How does ocean science and a better understanding of our marine and coastal processes protect our economy, food, and health? What role does and should it play in informing our federal ocean policy and decision-making process? How does sound ocean science allow us to better ensure our safety as we look to deal with critical ocean related national, homeland, food, energy, water, health, and security issues?

Please join us the evening of April 17 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for a stimulating conversation with Admiral Jonathan White, United States Navy (Retired) on climate and ocean issues in the context of national security, energy, and economic prosperity with a focus on opportunities and solutions for the future. Reserve your ticket by visiting Eventbrite.

Since 2016, Admiral White has served as the CEO and President of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL), a community-based organization in Washington, D.C. that works to ensure that sound science underpins ocean policy and decision-making at the federal level. Prior to joining COL, he had a distinguished 32-year career in the U.S. Navy and retired at the rank of Rear Admiral. He commanded the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Facility in Pensacola, FL, and was the 50th Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory. From 2012 to 2015, Admiral White served as the Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, a position that included his appointment as the Navy Deputy to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). During that appointment, he served as director of the U.S. Navy’s Task Force Climate Change (TFCC). Admiral White is currently also a member of the Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board.