The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Analog Devices, Inc. have announced the launch of the Ocean and Climate Innovation Accelerator (OCIA) consortium.
The consortium will focus on understating the role the ocean plays in managing and fighting climate change. Analog Devices will invest US$3 million (~2.48 million Euros) in the project over the next three years.
Commenting on the new consortium the WHOI President Dr. Peter de Menocal stated:
“On behalf of WHOI’s entire community of ocean scientists and engineers, we are incredibly excited about this collaboration The formation of the OCIA consortium comes at a time when support for science and ocean research is at a critical juncture. We are building a research innovation ecosystem that will drive new understanding to tackle global challenges facing society. It provides a new, scalable model showing how corporations can engage deeply on the climate crisis.”
While Analog Devices CEO Vincent Roche added:
“Carbon emissions feature as a centerpiece in global efforts to mitigate climate change. Oceans are among our most important defense mechanisms against a warming planet – yet their ability to continue to play this critically important role is being threatened by the effects of climate change. Through the Ocean and Climate Innovation Accelerator, we are committed to engaging ADI’s engineers and technologies to advance knowledge of the oceans, in order to gain a better understanding of how oceans are impacted by climate change and to develop solutions to restore ocean health. By doing so, we hope to drive meaningful impact on the global fight against climate change.”