The CONCUR team of Scott McCreary, John Gamman and Rebecca Tuden facilitated a NOAA Ocean Climate Summit at the California Academy of Sciences on June 3, 2010. The summit was convened to begin building an action plan and network of colleagues based on the recently released Ocean Climate Initiative report:
“The Ocean Climate Initiative, spearheaded by Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS), addresses climate change impacts along the North-central California coast and ocean environment through fostering awareness, advocating solutions, and promoting action amongst government agencies, public organizations, private corporations, and individuals to build ecosystem resilience and sustainability.
The initiative’s goal is to provide real solutions on a local, state, and federal level through partnerships, research collaborations, outreach and education, and policy reform. The initiative’s objectives include: 1) identifying the physical drivers and addressing the biological impacts of climate change on the region’s coast and ocean; 2) acting as a climate change communication center to facilitate the centralization of ideas and educate the public on personal choices that reduce their carbon footprint; 3) managing local marine ecosystems for resiliency; 4) advising GFNMS on how to rehabilitate their facilities and procedures to become a model of sustainability; and 5) promoting inter and intra-agency, non-profit organizations, and business partnerships within the region to form a resource sharing alliance.”
See the article in today’s SF Chronicle for more information about the report and the Initiative.