“This is the time, perhaps as never before, and never again, for a new ethic:
to do for the oceans in the 21st century―through technologies, through newunderstanding, through new insights―what was done in the 20th century for
aviation, for aerospace.
“Where does GIS come in to all of this? I'll put it another way. Where
GIS come in to the understanding of the ocean? After all, marine ecosystems, just as those on the land, are geospatial, and therefore so are the solutions
that we must craft as we go forward.”
―Dr. Sylvia Earle
Keynote Address at the 1999 Esri International User Conference