Preparing a Workforce for the New Blue Economy: The importance of the new blue economy to a sustainable blue economy: an opinion
About the Book: Preparing a Workforce for the New Blue Economy: People, Products and Policies discusses the Blue Economy, how the industry will develop, and how to train the next generation. The book considers the use of big data, key skillsets, training undergraduate and graduate students, the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) in the US, economic opportunities in African coastal countries, and governmental agencies, non-profits and NGO’s. Finally, a broad range of case studies are provided, covering oil spills, commercial fishing, data protection and harvesting, sustainability and weather forecasting, all presented to highlight the educational requirements of the workforce and potential economic opportunities.
About Dr. Kildow's chapter: The ocean-dependent economy is a popular topic in international circles, because the ocean floor, water column and coastal waters have become new frontiers replacing declining land options to meet traditional societal needs. Oceans and shorelines increasingly attract commercial, industrial and environmental attention for traditional as well as new uses and more efficient and cleaner uses. The purpose of this piece is to clarify and expand understanding of the importance of the ocean economy and its dependence on a healthy ocean. It focuses on the relationship of the New Blue Economy which helps transform key marine science knowledge into usable strategies toward a more sustainable larger Blue Economy. Definitions are provided to untangle the confusing use of terms to describe the ocean-dependent economy. While stressing the high value importance of the ocean’s economy, this chapter also describes the high risks faced from climate-induced and pollution impacts that threaten its future promise.
Kildow, Dr. Judith T., "Preparing a Workforce for the New Blue Economy: The importance of the new blue economy to a sustainable blue economy: an opinion" (2021). Working Papers. 15.