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The Ocean Enterprise–understanding and quantifying business activity in support of observing, measuring and forecasting the ocean

Rayner, Ralph, Gouldman, Carl and Willis, Zdenka (2018) The Ocean Enterprise–understanding and quantifying business activity in support of observing, measuring and forecasting the ocean. Journal of Operational Oceanography. ISSN 1755-876X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/1755876X.2018.1543982

Abstract

Sustained ocean observations, measurements and models provide a wide range of societal benefits underpinning the safety, operational and compliance needs of beneficiaries that operate around, on and under the ocean (In the context of this paper, the term ‘ocean’ is defined as encompassing the global ocean, enclosed seas and the US Great Lakes.) They also provide an essential input to ocean scientific research and the effective protection of the marine environment. Delivering the means to collect and use ocean data and information on a sustained basis constitutes a significant business undertaking. The companies that enable sustained ocean observation, measurement and forecasting, and deliver its benefits as commercial services, combine to create a unique and growing industry cluster; the Ocean Enterprise. Ocean Enterprise businesses underpin the ability to provide societal benefit from sustained ocean observations, measurements and models, as well as delivering significant economic and employment benefits in their own right. In this paper, we describe a systematic evaluation of the scale, scope and characteristics of the Ocean Enterprise in the United States. We explore the ways in which this industry cluster interacts with the US Integrated Ocean Observing System and how the United States Ocean Enterprise compares to that of the United Kingdom.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Centre for Analysis of Time Series
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2019 14:12
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 03:04
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101148

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