The Center for the Blue Economy Waves Newsletter:  January/February 2017


The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative Economic Vulnerability Study

The Center for the Blue Economy will partner with the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative to create an Economic Vulnerability Study for the San Diego region.  Using sea level rise and storm scenarios that are estimated by the U.S. Geological Survey’s Coastal Storms Modeling Systems, the Center for the Blue Economy will estimate the economic impacts of flooding for three scenarios and two time periods: 2015 and 2050.   The scenarios will focus on reductions in employment, output, and income that directly and indirectly result from a single major flooding event as well as an assessment of how the economy may evolve over time given repetitive flooding.  This approach represents two important innovations in understanding climate change. 

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2017 Ocean Policy Course:  Interdisciplinary, Intercollegiate, Free

This summer, students who attend the International Environmental Policy Studies program at the Middlebury Institute have a unique opportunity to come together with students from California State University Monterey Bay, Hopkins Marine Station, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Naval Postgraduate School, Stanford University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz to engage in a two-week intensive course on ocean policy. The  Monterey Area Research Institutions’ Network for Education (MARINE) consortium led by the Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) will host the course July 16-28, 2017 in which participants will examine current and urgent ocean policy issues that demonstrate the complexity of ocean-related decision-making. 

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Setting the Course:  California Leadership in the Age of Trump

With the Trump administration looking to roll back progress on healthcare, environmental sustainability, civil rights, and social equity, California is charting a course in the opposite direction. With a large Democratic majority, the Golden State is poised to assume an even greater leadership role on the environment, economy, and social justice. Please join us for a lively evening with Senator Bill Monning, Assemblymember Mark Stone, and Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird as they set the course for the California in the Age of Trump.

Panel Discussion and Q&A
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Irvine Auditorium, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
499 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 93940
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event is free, but registration is required

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Saving the Coast: California's Legacy in a Changing Climate

California has been an international leader in coastal protection for more than four decades, but climate change poses an existential threat to California’s coastal resources and economy.   Join former Executive Director of the Coastal Commission, Charles Lester, as he discusses the past, present, and future of the California coast in conversation with Jason Scorse, Director of the Center for the Blue Economy.

Discussion and Q&A with Charles Lester
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
McGowan Building Room 102
Middlebury Institute of International Studies
411 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event is free, but registration is required

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 Welcome to new Senior Fellow:  Wallace J. Nichols

Dr. Wallace "J." Nichols is an innovative, silo-busting, entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker, renown marine biologist, voracious Earth and idea explorer, wild water advocate, bestselling author, and sought after lecturer.   His experiences as a field research scientist, government consultant, and founder and director of numerous businesses and nonprofit organizations all support his quest to build a stronger and more diverse blue movement.  The Center for the Blue Economy is pleased to announce a new partnership with J. as he takes on the title of Senior Fellow that will include joint initiatives in the pursuit of a sustainable blue economy.

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Collaborating to Solve Problems in an Age of Polarization

Gridlock.  We have seen it working at state, national and local levels hampering the cause of sound policy.  What if there were a way to bring together key thought leaders, decision-makers, and influencers who can forge alliances, make decisions, and resolve conflicts?  The Keystone Policy Center has been doing just that since 1975. With a commitment to independence and good science, Keystone designs and leads consensus-building processes to address challenging issues in agriculture, education, energy, the environment and health.  Sarah Stokes Alexander, VP of Programs at Keystone will discuss the work of the Keystone Policy Center to bring together diverse view points to solve some of today's most pressing problems. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017
McGowan Building Room 100
Middlebury Institute of International Studies
411 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event is free, no registration is required

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Congratulations to Dr. Isao Sakaguchi Awarded a Pew Marine Fellowship!

The Pew marine fellows program was created to seek solutions to the problems affecting the world’s oceans.  It is competitive and prestigious, and we are so pleased the Center for the Blue Economy Visiting Scholar Dr. Isao Sakaguchi has been awarded this three year grant to support his work on sustainable fisheries policy in Japan.  Dr. Sakaguchi will compare Japan’s fishery management policies with those of nations that have switched to or are transitioning to sustainable management.

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Congratulations to Dr. Judy Kildow and the National Ocean Economics Program!

Dr. Judy Kildow is the founder and Director of the Center for the Blue Economy's National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP).  The recent NOEP "State of the US Ocean and Coastal Economies--2016 Update," was featured as one of Seven Influential Reports of 2016 in Green Biz News.   In addition, Dr. Kildow who has been a thought leader in Arctic economics, was selected to be Series Editor for Anthem Press for a new Special Series on the Arctic.  The series, not formally named yet, will focus on sustainability and will reflect a much needed speeding up of publications from the usual university press schedule of 3+ years to one year.


Congratulations to Dr. Brendan Kelly on an Arctic Policy Victory!

You may have heard about outgoing President Obama's ban on offshore oil drilling in the Arctic, but you may not know that Dr. Brendan Kelly, who serves a dual role as Center for the Blue Economy Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change or SEARCH, had a role in making that policy happen.   Dr. Kelly served as Assistant Director for Polar Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Obama, and currently serves on the National Academy of Sciences’ Polar Research Board.  He made numerous presentations to lawmakers, most recently in November, to highlight the fragile and rapidly changing Arctic environment.   We congratulate Dr. Kelly on this policy victory, and his dedication to sound policy, sound science, and science communication.


Alumna Heidi Williams (MAIEP-OCRM 2016) wins prestigious California Sea Grant Fellowship

Heidi Williams is a recent recipient of the highly competitive and prestigious NOAA California Sea Grant Fellowship.  She will be working working with the Delta Science Program in their Water Supply Adaptive Management and Communications Unit. The Delta Science Program works to convey and communicate scientific knowledge to stakeholders about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast.  Her project is to translate complex scientific information into a form readily understood by the non-scientist through tools such as seminars, symposia, and digital storytelling. She will also be working with their staff to continue the development of a water supply adaptive management framework for the Bay-Delta system.  Go Heidi!


Alumna Heather Benko (MBA-IEP 2015 with ocean focus) wins prestigious California Sea Grant Fellowship

The MIIS IEP program truly does seem to have a disproportionately high number of California Sea Grant Fellows--we are small but mighty!  Heather Benko recently was awarded CA Sea Grant fellowship with the California Department of Fish and Game working on a by-catch work group as well as a predator species forum in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.    Congratulations Heather!


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