Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography & Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience

Spring 2021 Virtual Seminar Series


Ray Toll and Laura Rogers

Monday, April 5, 2021
3:30 PM

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This presentation will provide an update on preparations for OCEANS 2022, to be held October 17-20, 2022 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The conference theme of Resilient Coasts; Adapting Today to Secure Tomorrow will continue to address a whole of government/community approach for the Hampton Roads region, involving ODU faculty, students, research and initiatives such as ICAR and Offshore Wind. President Broderick has agreed to be an Honorary Chair. Of note, this conference will be honoring Dr. Larry Atkinson, who helped lay the groundwork for OCEANS 2012, and together with Ray Toll, created the first Marine Technology Society (MTS) seciton for the region in 2005. MTS is one of the sponsoring societies for the conference.


Ray Toll, former ODU Director of Coastal Resilience and retired Navy Captain, has been with ODU since 2013. He worked in Meteorology and Oceanography for 26 years with the Navy and then 10 years in the private sector before joining CCPO. He served on the Governor McAuliffe Climate Change and Resilience Update Commission from 2014-15 and chaired the ODU-led White House climate pilot from 2014-16 using a whole of government/community approach. He was the Chair of OCEANS 2012, a conference that attracted 3,000 members from 35 countries and in which ODU participated with papers, faculty, students, and an exhibit.

Laura Rogers is an Associate Program Manager in NASA's Earth Science Technology Office and the Applied Science Ecological Forecasting program. Laura has a strong history as an advocate for Earth observations for coastal regions pushing for dynamic mission architectures and interdisciplinary research. Laura serves as NASA's representative to the U.S. Coastal Research Program, engages with the CEOS COAST effort, and continues to leverage connections and interests developed as an Army aviator.

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