Episode 77: Water's role in the Blue Economy

Sept. 29, 2023
This episode of Talking Under Water explores the Blue Economy and how water makes an impact.

In this episode of Talking Under Water, the hosts share an interview with Dr. Sharath Girimaji, professor and head of Ocean Engineering and professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. Co-host Katie Johns and Dr. Girimaji discuss the blue economy – what it is, how water plays into and more. They also dive into the intersection of water and offshore resources. 


  • Episode Summary | 0:09
  • Interview begins | 0:48
  • What is he blue economy? | 1:18
  • Intersection of offshore resources & water| 4:46
  • The role of climate change in the blue economy | 8:18
  • How to help disadvantaged communities on the coast | 11:33
  • How we can fight the inevitable | 15:00
  • Recent technology advances for the blue economy | 17:19
  • The exponential growth of the ocean-based business market | 20:33
  • Final thoughts for the listeners | 24:22
  • Housekeeping | 25:49


About the Podcast     

Talking Under Water is the premier podcast for the water industry, including municipal and industrial water and wastewater, residential water treatment, storm water management and erosion control. It is produced in coordination between Water & Wastes Digest (WWD), Water Quality Products (WQP) and Storm Water Solutions (SWS). The podcast covers topics under the One Water movement including the municipal and industrial water and wastewater, point of use, point of entry, residential, storm water and erosion control markets. Talking Under Water highlights news, trends, new technologies, industry discussions and on-site interviews with experts for WWD, WQP and SWS. New episodes of the podcast are released on the third Friday of every month. Logo Images: Anatoly Tiplyashin / Romolo Tavani / stock.adobe.com.    

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About the Author

Katie Johns

Katie Johns, editor-in-chief of Storm Water Solutions and Water Quality Products, graduated from the University of Missouri in 2016 with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Johns joined the Storm Water Solutions team in September 2019. Johns also helps plan the annual StormCon conference and co-hosts the Talking Under Water podcast. Prior to entering the B2B industry, she worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in Sarasota, Florida, and a magazine assistant editor in the Chicago suburbs. She can be reached at [email protected]

About the Author

Bob Crossen

Bob Crossen is senior managing editor for WWD and iWWD. Crossen graduated from Illinois State University in Dec. 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in German and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He worked for Campbell Publications, a weekly newspaper company in rural Illinois outside St. Louis for four years as a reporter and regional editor.