May 18-19, 2009

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Boston University Marine Program

Conservation International

NOAA/Cooperative Institute for Ocean and Climate Research (CICOR)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to participate in a workshop entitled Recipes for adaptation: marine management under climate change and ocean acidification to be held in the Washington, D.C. area on 18-19 May 2009 (preceding the International Marine Conservation Congress 20-24 May in Washington DC).

There have been a number of meetings and workshops recently describing the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine systems. These workshops have focused on natural and socio economic impacts and documented the changes that are already occurring. At the same time, it is becoming clear that the standard tools of marine management – stock assessments, MPAs, ecosystem models, Coastal Zone Management approaches - were not designed to deal with large-scale changes in the fundamental aspects of ecosystem structure and function caused by climate change and ocean acidification. Effective management of marine resources now requires that we update current approaches and begin to develop new marine management axioms. This need for new approaches is the focus of the workshop. Specifically, we will address:

a.   How will climate change and ocean acidification impact the ability of existing management tools/systems to be effective?

b.   What are the specific limitations of existing marine management systems for addressing climate change and ocean acidification issues

c.   What models or other tools are currently available to be used in management? What do these approaches have to offer and where are they lacking?

d.   What is needed in the future to allow for marine managers consider the effects of climate change and ocean acidification in their decisions?

The attendees will include: marine managers building and using marine management tools (fisheries, MPAs, CZ managers/planners); marine climate change modelers – both physical and biological; and expertise on the socio-economic effects of marine management.  

We have secured some funding through Conservation International and NOAA- Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research and to hold the workshop. If you are interested in attending but require some travel support, please contact us and we will try to accommodate your needs.

Please let us know of your willingness to attend and whether you have any comments of suggestions for the workshop.  

Best regards,

Emily Pidgeon (Marine Climate Change Program, Conservation International)
Jon Hare (NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA)
Scott Doney (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Les Kaufman (Boston University)


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