Univ. of Miami Scientist to Participate in SeaKeepers, Living Oceans Panel During Miami Boat Show


MIAMI — February 11, 2011 — The International SeaKeepers Society has announced its festivities for the upcoming Miami International Boat Show, including feting Khaled bin Sultan, celebrating Living Oceans Foundation’s Global Reef Expedition and presenting a Scientific Panel on Friday, February 18.

Dr. Roni Avissar, dean of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science will join SeaKeepers and the Living Oceans Foundation as part of the scientific panel discussion on the importance of the marine and atmospheric data that the M/Y Golden Shadow will gather on its global coral reef expedition. The SeaKeeper 1000™ originally developed at the Rosenstiel School is a monitoring device that has been installed aboard the yacht to record temperature, salinity, oxygen and other key ocean characteristics needs to better understand our marine environment. The valuable ocean information gathered is then uplinked via satellite for use by oceanographers, meteorologists and climatologists.

Avissar will join Dr. Bill Read, director of the National Hurricane Center who is employing readings from these systems to further refine hurricane forecast models; Dr. Richard Dodge, dean of the NOVA School of Ocean Science; Captain Phil Renaud and Dr. Andrew Bruckner of the Living Oceans Foundation founded by Prince Khaled bin Sultan; and representatives of the National Coral Reef Institute.

Immediately following the scientific discussion panelists will be joined by members of the business, academic and yachting community, for a fundraising reception aboard the M/Y Golden Shadow. Guests will have the opportunity to tour this unique research yacht, view first-hand the diver’s decompression chamber, the amphibious sea plane lift, and see the yacht’s scientific equipment.

As the Golden Shadow travels across the world’s oceans, SeaKeepers will record valuable oceanographic and atmospheric data for the scientific community through the ship's SeaKeeper 1000. “Golden Shadow is a vital part of SeaKeepers’s data collection fleet,” said Dean Klevan, president and CEO of SeaKeepers. “The greatest way to protect the sea, and ourselves, is by providing the best possible information to scientists and resource managers.”

The International SeaKeepers Society is a not-for-profit organization focusing on health of the world’s oceans and climate. SeaKeepers as an organization believes that accurate data is essential in improving the environment through protecting the seas. As a Private/Public collaborative effort, SeaKeepers focuses on critical ocean issues in cooperation with government agencies, other like minded organizations, and the academic community. To learn more, please visit

SeaKeepers honoree, H.R.H. General Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, promotes scientific exploration and surveys the world's coral reefs. HRH’s yacht fleet, which includes the M/Y Golden Shadow (which employs a SeaKeepers1000), are set to embark on a four-year Global Reef Expedition. For more information, visit

For more information on the SeaKeepers reception on February 18, co-hosted by Yachts International please visit

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