Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute &
Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography

Fall 2014 Seminar Series


Sarah Cooley
Ocean Conservancy, Washington, DC

Monday, September 22, 2014
3:30 PM
Conference Center, Innovation Resarch Building II
4211 Monarch Way, Norfolk, VA 23508


Researchers, stakeholders, and decision-makers all agree that the ultimate solution to ocean acidification, "the other CO2 problem", is carbon dioxide emissions mitigation. But until that can be achieved through widespread energy infrastructure changes, we must identify locally appropriate adaptation responses to ocean acidification's effects that will prepare human communities and the marine ecosystems they depend on. However, our knowledge of ocean acidification and its effects is also incomplete, so decisions must be made despite great uncertainty. Action around ocean acidification currently focuses on conducting research on key species and ecosystems, evaluating resource vulnerability to ocean acidification, and developing adaptive technologies to assist businesses at the front lines of harm. Encouragingly, even more adaptive solutions may exist to ocean acidification and other global ocean changes through terrestrial and marine resource management, technological innovation, and even human development.


Sarah Cooley is the Science Outreach Manager in the Ocean Acidification Program at Ocean Conservancy. She conducts scientific research to support the development of sound ocean acidification policy, and she provides input on policies that support ocean acidification research. Previously, she was a research scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where she also completed her postdoctoral studies. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia's School of Marine Sciences in 2006, and a B.S. from Haverford College in 1999. Sarah's research interest is how global ocean change affects marine resource availability, and how that in turn impacts human communities.

Reception before seminar at 3:00 PM

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