Join us on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, as Katharine (Trina) Wellman, an associate of Northern Economics based in Seattle, WA presents a free public presentation on Ocean Acidification. Ocean acidification is a global, long term problem whose ultimate solution requires carbon dioxide reduction at a scope and scale that will take decades to accomplish successfully. Until that is achieved, feasible and locally relevant adaptation and mitigation measures are needed. To help to prioritize societal responses to ocean acidification, we present a spatially explicit, multidisciplinary vulnerability analysis of coastal human communities in the United States. We focus our analysis shellfish (molluscs) harvest, which are likely to be harmed by ocean acidification. Our results highlight US regions most vulnerable to ocean acidification (and why), important knowledge and information gaps, and opportunities to adapt through local actions. The research illustrates the benefits of integrating natural and social sciences to identify actions and other opportunities while policy, stakeholders and scientists are still in relatively early stages of developing research plans and responses to ocean acidification. Dr. Wellman holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Economics and an M.M.A. in Marine Policy, both from the University of Washington, Seattle. She has worked at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Battelle Memorial Institute as a research scientist and natural resource economist. She also currently serves on the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel. This presentation begins at 7 p.m. at Moore Auditorium on the Schoodic Institute campus. Please follow signs. No registration is required.
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