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Oceans and Marine Resources in a Changing Climate

A Technical Input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment (NCA Regional Input Reports)

Roger Griffis (Editor), Jennifer Howard (Editor)


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Prepared for the 2013 National Climate Assessment and a landmark study in terms of its breadth and depth of coverage, Oceans and Marine Resources in a Changing Climate is the result of a collaboration among numerous local, state, federal, and nongovernmental agencies to develop a comprehensive, state of the art look at the effects of climate change on the oceans and marine ecosystems under U.S. jurisdiction.

This book provides an assessment of scientific knowledge of the current and projected impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on the physical, chemical, and biological components and human uses of marine ecosystems under U.S. jurisdiction. It also provides assessment of the international implications for the U.S. due to climate impacts on ocean ecosystems and of efforts to prepare for and adapt to climate and acidification impacts on ocean ecosystem, including
·         Climate-Driven Physical and Chemical Changes in Marine Ecosystems
·         Impacts of Climate Change on Marine Organisms
·         Impacts of Climate Change on Human Uses of the Ocean
·         International Implications of Climate Change
·         Ocean Management Challenges, Adaptation Approaches, and Opportunities in a Changing Climate
·         Sustaining the Assessment of Climate Impacts on Oceans and Marine Resources

Rich in science and case studies, it examines the latest climate change impacts, scenarios, vulnerabilities, and adaptive capacity and offers decision makers and stakeholders a substantial basis from which to make informed choices that will affect the well-being of the region’s inhabitants in the decades to come.

NCA Regional Input Reports, 9781610914345, 288pp.

Publication Date: September 19, 2013

About the Author

Roger Griffis is Climate Change Coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service.  A marine ecologist by training, Roger has over 15 years experience designing and implementing policies and programs to conserve and manage ocean and coastal ecosystems.  In his current position, Roger helps lead and coordination NOAA Fisheries Service efforts to assess, prepare for and respond to impacts of climate change on marine and coastal ecosystems, living marine resources and the communities that depend on them.  He is manager of NOAA’s Climate Regimes and Ecosystem Productivity Program (CREP) and helped lead development of the U.S. National Fish Wildlife and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy.
Dr. Howard is a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service. In her current position, Jennifer co-lead and coordinated the development of the Ocean and Marine Resources in a Changing Climate Technical Input Report to the National Climate Assessment and coordinates the Interagency Working Group for Ocean Acidification. Before starting her fellowship at NOAA, Jennifer was conducting her postdoctoral research at the University of Maryland.  Her research focused on environmental contaminants found in wastewater and agricultural runoff, specifically endocrine disrupting chemicals, and their effect on aquatic wildlife reproduction and development.  Jennifer received her PhD from Texas A&M in reproductive physiology and completed the Heller Research Fellowship in the Endocrinology Department at the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research. She has a broad range of scientific interests, most of which center around wildlife and habitat conservation, biodiversity conservation, and climate change.