California’s Changing Oceans: A Sacramento, CA Briefing On Implications Of Ocean Change For Policy And Management

 On November 4th, COMPASS is supporting scientists to share their knowledge about changes in the ocean, and what those changes mean for our coasts, managers, and decision-makers. Occurring just before the Annual Meeting of the Western Society of Naturalists this year in Sacramento, this event will help scientists attending to connect with state policymakers. We hope you’ll be able to join us!

UPDATE: Thank you to all who attended! We’ve provided the slides and handout from the speakers below.

California’s Changing Oceans: a briefing by leading scientists on ocean change with implications for policy and management

Photo Credit: the_tahoe_guy, (CC BY 2.0)

Photo Credit: the_tahoe_guy, (CC BY 2.0)

November 4, 2015, 12-1 p.m.

UPDATED LOCATION: Camellia Ballroom, Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA

Lunch Provided at 11:30 a.m.  Please RSVP here

California is at the front lines of a changing climate, both on land—as evidenced by raging wildfires and devastating drought—and in the ocean, where marine ecosystems are undergoing profound changes. At the same time, California is at the forefront of innovative ocean governance. The state’s network of marine protected areas, investments in long-term monitoring, and commitment to addressing climate change equip it to confront a changing ocean in ways few other states can. But will existing approaches need adjustment as new science comes online?

This briefing will bring together a panel of scientists, many of whom will be in Sacramento in early November to attend the annual meeting of the Western Society of Naturalists. They will speak about how and why California’s ocean is changing and possible ways forward as the state adapts to those changes. The panelists will discuss ocean acidification, low oxygen zones, and impacts to fisheries, and describe how long-term monitoring and marine protected areas help us understand those changes and bolster the resilience of California’s ocean resources to the challenges that lie ahead.

PANELISTS

William Craven, Chief Consultant, California Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water (Moderator)
Dr. Jenn Caselle, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. Francis Chan, Oregon State University, co-chair of the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Panel
Dr. Tessa Hill, University of California, Davis
Dr. Kristy Kroeker, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Pete Raimondi, University of California, Santa Cruz

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