By Sheril Kirshenbaum
From June 3-5, Hill staffers, members of the research community, and stakeholders from around the United States gathered in Washington DC for Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2008. The three day event discussed current ocean and coastal issues with panelists from Congress, academia, nonprofits and industry. This year’s theme was the effects of climate change on the oceans and session topics ranged from ocean acidification to coral reefs. The week also explored the connections between oceans and human health as well as possible solutions to the threats we now face. CHOW is an annual event where the ocean community shares stories of success and lessons learned. We discuss impending trouble and figure out what legislation may move. The event is coordinated by the.
Tuesday began with the keynote address by, Assistant Administrator of NOAA in Ocean & Atmospheric Research. You can watch his powerpoint slides on oceans and climate change . Also speaking was , the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality.
The first panel discussed the ocean and climate change considering perspectives of the the science necessary to evaluate impacts. The large panel included
Click through some of the powerpoints to watch presentations:
– Steve Murawski
– Dr. James Overland
– John Ferguson
– Dr. Bob Gagosian
– Dr. Caroly A. Shumway
Later in the evening, the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation presented Leadership Awards to and . This year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards went to and