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Mat Winter: ONR Eyes ‘Sci-Tech Diplomacy’ for Global Partnerships

research and development RDRear Adm. Mat Winter, chief of the Office of Naval Research, has outlined ONR’s research investments in the field of Arctic science at the Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Maritime and Naval Operations, America’s Navy reported July 20.

ONR “has extensive research on computer modeling and prediction of sea waves, ice movement, seasonal ice cycles and air-ocean interaction,” he said in his keynote address.

Winter noted the involvement of ONR researchers in what he called the “science and technology diplomacy” practice to establish partnerships with other scientists worldwide, Bob Freeman writes.

“Our ONR global outreach mission allows our scientists to collaborate with other scientists around the world to discover the breakthrough technologies and build the scientific relationships vital to addressing the unique challenges in the harsh Arctic environment,” Winter said.

He also cited other research initiatives of ONR, including studies on marginal ice zones using computer simulation programs and research experiments that intend to determine how changing Arctic environments affect low-frequency sounds in both sonar and water operations, according to the report.

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