Pacific Ocean Experts at UHH for PACON 2010 International Conference June 1-5, 2010 at UH Hilo

Media Release:

Pacific Ocean shoreline protection, resource management, ocean pollution and tsunami response are among the topics to be presented during the five-day Pacific Congress on Marine Science and Technology: PACON 2010 International Conference on the campus of UH Hilo.

According to Judith Fox-Goldstein, UH Hilo Conference Center director, “More than 150 national and international marine scientists, engineers and policy makers will be in attendance.”  Visiting scholars and scientists from more than 14 countries including Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Russian and Iran will share their latest research findings.”

Highlighting the conference will be the recognition of Ocean Day which is an annual event.  The public is invited to hear the dynamic panel discussions on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 1 to 5 pm at UCB 127. No registration is required for Ocean Day.

Dr. Michael Crosby is PACON’s president elect and explains, “Nations and islands of the Pacific gather annually to exchange information, ideas and technology, but this is very exciting because it’s the first time the PACON International conference is being held on Hawaii Island.”

Abstracts presented will cover a range of topics, including the timely issues of offshore permitting, tsunami forecasting, tidal current power, seawater air conditioning, ocean energy, ocean engineering, remote sensing using small submersibles, and coral reef studies.

Among the PACON keynote speakers is oceanographer Capt. Charlie Moore who has written extensively on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific.  He is founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation of California, working to raise awareness of plastic debris and pollution in the Pacific Ocean.

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