The Center For Ocean Solutions Research
December 2016

Unexamined risks from tar sands oil may threaten oceans

A lack of publicly available information about the chemical composition of fuel mined from tar sands hampers efforts to safeguard marine habitats. A new analysis recommends that officials gain a better understanding of the fuel’s environmental impacts before setting regulations.
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February 14, 2017

Factoring Ocean Acidification into California Water Quality Standards

Oceans absorb approximately one-third of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. While the oceans role in absorbing CO2 has helped mitigate the effects of emissions on earth’s climate, it has caused fundamental changes in ocean chemistry through a phenomenon known as ocean acidification (OA). Emerging research indicates this global challenge will have some of the earliest and most severe effects on the coastal communities and ecosystems of North America’s west coast. 

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February 14, 2017

Art, Politics, and the Ocean: MARINE hosts two successful interdisciplinary events

Last fall, our MARINE (Monterey Area Research Institutions’ Network for Education) program hosted two innovative events that brought students and experts together to discuss pressing ocean issues. The first event focused on the importance of linking art and science, while the second stressed the need to link national security with ocean protection.

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February 14, 2017

Small Scale Fisheries

In late October, Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) Early Career Science Fellow, Elena Finkbeiner, was invited to attend a United Nation’s Food

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February 14, 2017

The Next Chapter in Coastal Adaptation

Winter storms in 2016 brought large swells and heavy rains to coastal California, and often coincided with extremely high king tides. Images of flooded coastal trails and roadways, and collapsing seaside cliffs during these events provided a stark reminder that coastal communities are already experiencing the impacts of rising sea levels. The Center for Ocean Solutions is working with resource managers and planners around the state to identify and highlight the ways that coastal habitats, such as wetlands and sand dunes, can mitigate against the effects of sea level rise and help reduce the vulnerability of the state’s coastline. Our ultimate goal is to support decision-makers in their efforts to manage coastal resources in a changing climate, so they are better able to respond and adapt to increasingly hazardous events as we enter a future facing climate change.

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