Ocean Sciences Meeting session: MPAs and Climate Resilience

Please consider submitting an abstract to the session, “Building Resilience: Exploring the Role of MPAs in the Face of Changing Ocean Conditions”, at the Ocean Sciences Meeting which will take place February 16-21, 2020 in San Diego, California. This session aims to bring together experts from around the country and globe to discuss how their region is exploring MPAs as tools to build climate resilience in a variety of ecosystems. (see full description below). 

Abstracts must be submitted no later than September 11, 2019 through the conference website. The session description (below) and instructions for abstract submission can be found here: https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/prelim.cgi/Session/84979

 We look forward to your contributions! Please help us reach a diverse audience by sharing widely across your networks.


Jessica Kauzer (Ocean Science Trust) and Adrian Dahood (Ocean Protection Council)


Session ID: ME004

Topic Area: Marine Ecology and Biodiversity

Session description: Building Resilience: Exploring the Role of MPAs in the Face of Changing Ocean Conditions

As ocean conditions become increasingly variable, unpredictable, and unprecedented, anticipating and addressing impacts to valuable marine resource has becoming a growing challenge. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are recognized around the world as an effective strategy for marine conservation and ocean management. From individual MPAs to networks, regional to national, reserves, conservation areas, and sanctuaries, the type and number of protected ocean areas has grown dramatically in the past decade. As the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems have come more sharply into focus, scientific understanding of the role of MPAs may play in building ecosystem resilience has increased. This session invites submissions that explore the role of MPAs in imparting or enhancing resilience of species, ecosystems, and/or communities at the local, regional, national, or international level. Of particular interest will be innovative and novel technological and scientific approaches that can be applied to MPA management, especially within the context of changing ocean conditions, and that lend themselves to interactive data visualization and graphics.

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