Synergy Session - Marine Research with Impact: Partnering with the Marine Environmental Observation
With Dr. Adam Sobel and Neil Gail
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 5 Nagles Place, St. John's
About This Session
This talk focused on MEOPAR's work in Canada with its role as a federally funded Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) dealing with marine hazards from sea to sea to sea. MEOPAR currently funds over 40 national oceans projects and runs a training program of over 120 highly qualified people (HQP). With a substantial network that continues to grow, MEOPAR is constantly seeking ways to work with various industry partners to help solve problems plaguing the oceans community.
Mr. Neil Gall, Executive Director, Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR)
Mr. Gall has held several leading roles in government, research and academic environments over the past decade, including Executive Director of Bridges, an initiative administered through the Marine Institute of Memorial University. Neil has considerable international business development and marketing experience and has delivered numerous undergraduate business courses in communications and marketing. He received his MBA from McGill University, Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) degree from Memorial University, and he completed le programme court de 2e cycle en gestion de projet at UQAM. Prior to joining MEOPAR, Neil played a key role in the development and implementation of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s ocean technology development strategy, “Oceans of Opportunity.”
Dr. Adam Sobel, Director and Chief Scientist, Columbia Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate
Dr. Sobel is a leading scientist in the study of extreme weather and climate. He received his PhD in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is an atmospheric scientist who specializes in the dynamics of climate and weather, particularly in the tropics, on time scales of days to decades. A major focus of his current research is extreme events - such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and droughts, and the risks these pose to human society in the present and future climate. He is leading a new Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate.