18th Annual Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017
Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

18th Annual Revelle Lecture: Dr. Dawn Wright from The National Academies on Vimeo.

Download Dr. Wright’s presentation slides

From the stick charts of the ancient Marshall Islanders to the SONAR of World War II, humankind continues to devise ways to map the ocean.  The newest maps, which are global, 3D, and increasingly intelligent, hold great promise for improving science and decision-making related to our oceans, but “here be monsters” to conquer data challenges.  Join Dr. Dawn Wright, chief scientist at the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) and professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University, to learn about the past and present of ocean mapping and what must be done to overcome the challenges of “big data,”  “dark data,” and the need to make data more resilient and more accessible to users.

The Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture is presented by the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in cooperation with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The lecture was created in honor of Dr. Revelle’s contributions to the ocean sciences and his dedication to making scientific knowledge available to policymakers.


In 1999, the Ocean Studies Board (OSB) launched the Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture to highlight the important links between ocean science and public policy. The series was named in honor of the late Roger Revelle, a leader in the field of oceanography for over 50 years who spearheaded efforts to investigate the mechanisms and consequences of climate change. In recognition of the critical importance of education in linking science and public policy, the OSB has partnered with the Smithsonian Science Education Center and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History to bring the Revelle Lecture to a broader audience. The lecture is held annually in conjunction with the OSB meeting in Washington, DC.


  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • The Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • The Smithsonian Science Education Center
  • The National Museum of Natural History
  • The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


For more information, please contact:

Kenza Sidi-Ali-Cherif
Program Assistant
Ocean Studies Board
(202) 334-3361