Preparation of the United Nation’s Second World Ocean Assessment (WOA)February 24, 20212 min read
Southern Utah University’s Dr. Frank Hall was recently recognized for his contributions in the preparation of the United Nation’s Second World Ocean Assessment (WOA). The World Ocean Assessment provides important knowledge about ocean affairs to inform governments and policymakers.
Dr. Hall was chosen to contribute as part of a pool of experts that provided invaluable knowledge to secure the sustainable use and conservation of the world’s oceans.
“The WOA informs world leaders on relevant issues regarding the goods and services delivered by the oceans,” said Dr. Hall. “From transportation to recreation to nutrition, the oceans are critical to the well-being of civil societies.”
The Regular Process relies on the input of experts to assess the state of the marine environment. Established after the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, the process regularly reviews the environmental, economic and social aspects of the world’s oceans, both current and foreseeable. It is accountable to the United Nations General Assembly, and contributes to the strengthening of regular scientific assessment in order to enhance the scientific basis for creating policy.
With a Ph.D. in Geological Oceanography, Dr. Hall’s scholarship has focused on science, science education, and the intersections between science and society. Dr. Hall is also committed to improving diversity and inclusion of underrepresented communities within the STEM fields. He currently serves as the dean for SUU’s Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Sciences.
“I graduated from a regional university similar to SUU,” said Dr. Hall. “As an undergraduate, I could never have imagined one day working with scientists, educators, and policy makers from around the world. But, the education that I received as an undergraduate prepared me for life in ways that could not have happened elsewhere.”
Frank R. Hall special assistant to the provost
Specializing in science and science education, and the intersection of science and society.