David Kwabi ’10
Harmonizing the Practice of Ocean Observation
My internship was with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) in Paris, France. I spent the first 3 weeks credentialing and ensuring a quorum of member state representatives at the GOOS and IOC general assemblies. I also assisted with writing the reports for both conferences. I spent the next 5 weeks learning PHP and SQL – web programming languages – and then reprogramming a pre-existing, but then defunct website that displayed member state representative contact information. I was able to dynamically link the website to a bank of IOC databases that held this information. The website also displayed the member states accorded to a color-coded scheme that reflected their IOC groupings. There is a need within the IOC for communication among member states that would be useful to policy-making, and rationalizing member state groupings, so hopefully, my work should go toward addressing these two objectives.
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Paris, France