By Sheril Kirshenbaum
Day three of Capitol Hill Oceans Week began with a morning session on climate change. This panel explored the watershed, titled “From Upstream Adaptation to Ocean Mitigation” and topics included mitigation and adaptation strategies to address different, yet inter-related, climate change impacts on fresh and salt-water ecosystems and the human uses associated with each. Speakers were
at EcoAdapt, the Director of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program and the Director of Strategic Planning & Communications at Bluewater Wind.
Panel two was titled “Mitigation Options: Working to Reduce the Effects of Climate Change on the Ocean.” The subject was the myriad of ways that individuals, communities, government, and industries play important roles in mitigating the effects of climate change. Panelists will discuss actions that can be taken at each level to help reduce the effects of climate change. Panelists included
of the California Resources Agency, , the Executive Director of The Ocean Foundation, , the Superintendent of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, , the Executive VP of Conservation Programs at The Ocean Conservancy, , the Director at NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, and , the Science Program Analyist at
NOAA’s Earth Science Research Lab & CIRES at the University of Colorado.
Following the second panel, a luncheon took place in the Senate Hart Office Building where the topic was Successful Ocean Partnerships. When federal agencies, academia and industry work together, the the visibility of ocean issues increases on the national agenda. Ocean champion (and my former boss),gave the keynote address followed by panelists , the President & CEO of OceanGeeks, LLC, , the Chief Scientist with Aquarius Reef Base, and , Senior Scientist of Physical Oceanography at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The session considered how we will achieve a higher level of coordinated effort across the broad oceanographic community through partnerships. Speakers highlighted ten years of meaningful interagency, community-wide collaboration, including the ocean’s role in global climate change.
Finally, the last panel of CHOW 2008 was titled, “Charting the Course: A Conversation with Ocean Policymakers.”gave the keynote address and speakers included Chris Mann, the Senior Officer at the Pew Environment Group of The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Director of Legislative Affairs at NOAA, Dave Jansen with the House Committee on Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives, Kris Sarri with the Senate Commerce Committee, and Shimere Williams with the House Science and Techology Committee. They discussed the ocean priorities in the next administration.