Center for the Blue Economy Waves Newsletter:  July-September, 2017


Thursday, September 14
Irvine Auditorium

What is up with our climate? Arctic ice is melting fast with global impacts on sea level, weather, and agriculture. What is happening now and what can we do to protect ourselves and future generations? What can we expect locally and globally in the coming decades?  Dr. Brendan P. Kelly, Arctic climate researcher with more than 40 years of experience in the field, will discuss past and present drivers of the earth’s changing climate.  This lecture is co-presented by the Citizens' Climate Lobby of Monterey, the Center for the Blue Economy, and the Hayward Sustainability Speaker Series.



Thursday, November 2
Irvine Auditorium

Bill McKibben needs no introduction to the environmental community. The first author to bring the issue of climate change to the general public, Bill went on to co-found, the leading climate change advocacy organization in the world.  He continues to lead the climate fight both at home and abroad. Bill will provide an update on the challenges ahead as the U.S. federal government is in the grips of the most anti-environmental administration in modern history.   This lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for the Blue Economy, the Hayward Sustainability Speaker Series, and the Citizens' Climate Lobby.



September 12-December 12
McGowan Building, Room 102

Each fall, the Center for the Blue Economy hosts a speaker series that brings creative, pragmatic, and practice-based professionals to campus to inform and support the students in the International Environmental Policy program.  All lectures are free and open to the public.   Lectures are typically held on Tuesday or Thursday evenings,  6:00-7:30pm in the McGowan Building, room 102.   Upcoming speakers include Paul Holthus of the World Ocean Council, Daniela Russo of Think Beyond Plastics, John Laird, Secretary of Natural Resources for the State of California, and J. Nichols of the Blue Mind movement.  Topics range from the connection between the environment and disease, to marine protected area management, to solving the plastics crisis in the oceans.



Welcome Dr. Elizabeth Chornesky, Associate Professor

Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Chornesky joined the faculty of the International Environmental Policy program this fall.  Liz Chornesky works at the interface of science and policy on issues related to ecosystem management, sustainability, and global change. Since 2002, through her consulting practice and scholarly activities, Dr. Chornesky has assisted numerous non-profit organizations, philanthropies, and public agencies in designing and evaluating science, policy, investment, and organizational strategies. Her primary focus for the past decade has been developing practical solutions for anticipating and adapting to climate change.



Center for the Blue Economy Research 

  • The Arctic Economics Workshop:   This summer the Center for the Blue Economy received a National Science Foundation grant to hold a workshop on Arctic Economics in Monterey, November 6-8.  It will be a small group by invitation-only and will include no more than 20 prominent experts from several countries and the U.S.  The purpose is to bring together a group of economists, policy experts and natural scientists to explore the state of knowledge about the economy of the Arctic. Students will have a one-hour Q&A with the attendees on the last day. 

  • A Comprehensive Analysis of the Massachusetts Maritime Economy:  In collaboration with the Public Policy Center at the University of Massachusetts, the Center for the Blue Economy recently published "Navigating the Global Economy: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Massachusetts Maritime Economy."   Findings show the maritime economy in Massachusetts grew faster than the state as a whole, and grew throughout the economic downturn of 2008. 
  • The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Marine Policy Center and the Center for the Blue Economy will conduct of a study for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Council (MARCO) on the vulnerability of coastal and ocean resources to climate change.

  • Washington State Department of Fisheries  Wildlife, Economic Evaluation of a wetlands restoration project in the Stilliguamish estuary in eastern Puget Sound.  This project will make an initial assessment of the economic benefits of wetlands restoration and train local agencies to collect data and monitor economic benefits as the wetlands recover.  The project is being undertaken jointly with Center for the Blue Economy Senior Fellow Tracy Rouleau of TBD Economics and Cascadia Consulting of Seattle, Washington.

  • The Center for the Blue Economy will be working on three projects for NOAA helping to establish a satellite account for the oceans in the national income accounts.  We will have responsibility for evaluating emerging definitions of the U.S. ocean economy with those in other countries and international organizations and for developing estimates of the government's role in the ocean economy.  With ERG research of Lexington Massachusetts, the Center for the Blue Economy will assess the economics of the "blue tech" sector and developing and refining ocean economy estimates for the U.S. Pacific territories and Hawaii.


News Bites

  • Center for the Blue Economy Senior Fellow Wallace J. Nichols has recently produced a truly inspiring short film called "Resurface."  It highlights the "Blue Mind" in action, the true value of healthy oceans & waterways, & the vast benefits to those who need them most.  You’ll be moved and inspired.

    Watch the Trailor: Resurface

  • A recent study published in the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics is getting a lot of press.   The study, co-authored by Juliano Calil of UC Santa Cruz (and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Blue Economy) and Sarah Newkirk of the Nature Conservancy, proposes prioritizing property buyouts in Florida based on flood risk, ecological value, and socioeconomic conditions. Forecasters say an above-normal hurricane season is likely in the Atlantic Ocean this year, while a rising sea level is making Florida increasingly vulnerable to dangerous flooding. They focus on "repetitive loss properties" and aimed to identify projects with multiple benefits: reduced flood exposure, conservation benefits, and remediation of social vulnerability.
    Read About the Study
  • Dr. Jason Scorse, Director of the Center for the Blue Economy, will be speaking about the Blue Economy at two upcoming events:  the Soil Not Oil conference, September 9th in Richmond, CA, and at the ComCap17 conference (community capital), September 12 in Monterey, CA.  


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