Science Partnerships Enabling Rapid Response
Our yearlong Science Partnerships Enabling Rapid Response (SPERR) project, in collaboration with Stanford ChangeLabs and funded by the Packard Foundation, identified an innovative solution: the Science Action Network (SAN). The SAN uniquely addresses the challenge of scientific collaboration during crises by linking academic and professional scientists to regional government planning and response bodies in order to coordinate and streamline scientific input for decision-making.
A Time for Sea Change
In the weeks surrounding the UN Climate Talks (COP21), COS produced two videos—A Time for Sea Change, and Solutions for Sea Change—highlighting the relationship between climate change and the ocean. In the videos, COS partner institutions experts, including Jim Barry (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute), Larry Crowder (Center for Ocean Solutions), Rob Dunbar (Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment), Stephen Palumbi (Hopkins Marine Station), and Margaret Spring (Monterey Bay Aquarium) explain why the oceans need to be part of any conversation about climate change and what we can do to work toward solutions.
Solutions for Sea Change
Incorporating Natural Capital into Coastal Adaptation Planning
11. The INCCAP project is working to protect California’s natural coastal habitats and vulnerable human infrastructure from the impacts of climate change. In 2015, COS and project partners (the Natural Capital Project and Stanford Law School) were awarded two years of funding by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment to co-develop an online prioritization tool with California state-lev¬el coastal agency staff that will identify sites where coastal habitats can best provide protection from coastal hazards, as well as highlight policy pathways for implementing nature-based strategies.