2014 Winter Seminar: Ocean Change: Proactive Approaches

Rebecca GoldburgBrian PolagyeKevin RankerAndrew RosenbergAnn BostromRay Hilborn

Pew expert Rebecca Goldburg“Ocean science, policy, and conservation: A view from The PEW Charitable Trusts”

January 15, 2014

Goldburg Flyer

Polagye“Tidal energy and the environment: Progress and challenges”

January 22, 2014

Polagye Flyer

Ranker“Science, Policy, Politics, and Reality”

January 29, 2014

Ranker Flyer

Rosenburg“Science, democracy and the changing ocean”

February 12, 2014

Rosenberg Flyer

bostrom_anne_fullsize“Ocean change: Information for action”

February 19, 2014

Bostrom Flyer

Hilborn“Reflections on the robustness of different fisheries management systems to change”

March 12, 2014

Hillborn Flyer

iPOC 2013 Winter Seminar: Ocean Change from Diverse Perspectives
(cosponsored by JISAO and UW College of the Environment)

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Ken CaldeiraMary RuckelshausChristian SindermanKathleen MooreChristopher SabineEric LascheverLisa Graumlich

“Long-term perspectives and near-term actions relating to ocean acidification.”
Ken Caldeira, Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University.
Jan. 14th, 2013


“Nature of, by, and for the people?”
Mary Ruckelshaus, Natural Capital Project, Stanford University.
Jan. 28th, 2013

“Science and Public Policy: Ostriches, Opportunities, and why our Political Discourse fails to Reflect Urgent Realities.”
Christian Sinderman, Founder, Northwest Passage
Feb. 4, 2013

Abstract: Human evolution discounts the future in preference for short term gratification– and survival. Our political and policy making systems are even more near-term focused, with two and four year election cycles and the influence of special interest funders dominating the landscape to the detriment of established facts (or at least those inconvenient to desired outcomes). This session will explore some of the impacts, exceptions, and opportunities to better align science with policy making.

“Red Sky at Morning: ethics and the oceanic crisis.”
Kathleen Moore, Oregon State Department of Philosophy.
Feb. 11th, 2013

Abstract: Although climate change and the accompanying oceanic crises are economic and scientific issues, they are fundamentally moral issues, and they call for a moral response. They are a human rights crisis, as they undermine the systems that support human lives, liberty, and security. They are a crisis of justice, as the hardships caused by the profligate use of fossil fuels come to rest on the shoulders of the poor and voiceless. They are a failure of reverence, causing the extinction of uncounted plants and animals, their beauty and abundance. And climate change is a betrayal of love, as it undermines the hopes of those we love the very most—our children and grandchildren. Moore will share insights about several moral reasoning methods that can help scientists whose work is critical to understanding and (perhaps) averting catastrophic climate change. What are the strongest arguments — the trump cards — for rapid social response to the oceanic crises? What is the logic behind climate change denial? What accounts for the frustrating disconnect between scientific information and public understanding? between climate understanding and climate action? What are the moral responsibilities of expertise?




“The Changing Social Climate of Global Warming and Ocean Acidification”
Christopher Sabine, Director, NOAA PMEL.
Feb. 25, 2013

Abstract: As carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere have increased 40% over the last 200 years, the scientific community has been diligently working to predict how the climate will change and what impact the rising CO2 will have on terrestrial and marine systems. Although it has been shown now that the rise in atmospheric CO2 results from human activity and that this increase is driving climate change, society has been reluctant to accept these conclusions. How has the ocean’s role in the global carbon cycle and climate change affected how society perceives these issues? Is it possible that ocean acidification could help change the skepticism? Ocean acidification is a much more straight forward result of rising atmospheric CO2 and will likely have a dramatic impact on societally important marine organisms like fisheries and coral reefs. However, the global nature of the problem and the disconnect between the land CO2 sources and the ocean impacts complicate how people will respond to information about ocean acidification. More integrative studies and consideration of how best to inform society should be considered in future ocean acidification research.


“Diving Deep Into the Legal Tool Box: Two decades of Climate Change Litigation”
Eric Laschever, Partner K&L Gates, LLP.
March 4, 2013

Abstract: Climate change challenges our species’ capacity to develop an effective legal frameworks internationally, nationally, and regionally to respond to the phenomena. Thus far, the United States has not signed on to the international treaties and has not enacted a comprehensive set of statutes. A result has been extensive litigation under existing laws, including common law and statute.

Laschever will describe ongoing United States litigation in the context of the overall effort to establish an effective legal framework to address global climate change. The talk will illustrate how lawyers work with existing legal tools and work with scientists and scientific information to shape the policy debate and its outcomes.

“Transforming academia to address interdisciplinary grand challenges.”
Dean Lisa Graumlich, Dean, UW College of the Environment.
March 11, 2013

Abstract: Inter disciplinary research, that which bridges traditional academic fields, has for decades been called for in order to develop new understanding and to address growing challenges in our world. The argument has been that climate change, ocean acidification, poverty, and other wicked problems are complex precisely because they span disciplinary boundaries, and so only research that encompasses all of the facets of these problems can adequately and robustly address them. Just as our understanding of the importance and the definition of interdisciplinary science have evolved, so has our understanding of how to actually do it. We have gone from developing common languages and norms of evidence among existing disciplines and institutions, and building bridges between lab-produced results and traditional knowledge, to realizing the need to actually invent new institutional arrangements and cultures. This type of systemic change is difficult, and requires a new tool set that focuses more on communication, transparency, and iterative co-creation of best practices – because we don’t know what the best arrangements will be. And crucially, we must support each other in these endeavors.

Henry HuntingtonJason Hall-Spencer
“Beyond the ice: People and a Changing Arctic Ocean”
Henry Huntington, Arctic Science Director for the Pew Environment Group
October 22, 2012

Abstract: The Arctic Ocean is undergoing rapid changes, most notably in the loss of summer sea ice. In addition to the impacts to the physical and biological system, these changes are having profound effects on humans as well. This talk will discuss several examples, including effects of sea ice loss on indigenous hunters in light of their traditional knowledge about sea ice, the implications for industrial and commercial activity in the Arctic Ocean, the challenge of engaging Arctic communities in making decisions about development, and the economic cost of feedbacks to the global climate system resulting from the loss of sea ice.

Bio: Dr. Henry Huntington is the Arctic Science Director for the Pew Environment Group, and also an independent Arctic researcher specializing in human-environment interactions. He has worked in the Arctic for over 20 years, studying traditional knowledge, the effects of oil and gas activities, the impacts of climate change, Arctic marine shipping, traditional hunting and fishing practices, and other topics. His research has taken him to all Arctic countries, and also to the Himalayas. Huntington lives in Eagle River, Alaska, with his wife and two sons.

cosponsored by JISAO












“Use of Natural CO2 Gradients to Evaluate Effects of Ocean Acidification”
Jason Hall-Spencer, Plymouth University, UK

February 2012

cosponsored by JISAO