The Center for the Blue Economy Waves Newsletter: November/December 2016
Science Communication for Policy Action: Knowledge Pyramids
Graduate Research Assistants at the Center for the Blue Economy, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, in collaboration with the SEARCH–the Study of Environmental Arctic Change, will be presenting a concept called a “Knowledge Pyramids” at the American Geophysical Union’s annual fall meeting. This is the largest science meeting in the northern hemisphere, with roughly 24,000 scientists attending.
What is a Knowledge Pyramid? Knowledge Pyramids answer specific, societally important questions in concise, non-technical briefs. You can join the students in person or online as they present the concept on Monday, December 12th from 12:30-1:30pm PST. For details click "Learn More."
The Economics of Coastal Climate Change
A new special edition of the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics is now available: Volume 3, Issue 2—The Economics of Coastal Climate Change Adaptation. This edition addresses the economic issues involved in the planning and implementation of strategies to adapt to climate change effects in coastal regions, with particular focus on sea level rise. This is a field which has received very little attention in the general economic discussion of climate change and we hope this special edition will catalyze a broad range of new research and policy discussions.
The 2016 Center for the Blue Economy Impact Report
The Center for the Blue Economy celebrated its fifth birthday this year, and we took a look back at what we have accomplished. We have launched an international effort to define the Blue Economy, helped to stem the tide of off-shore oil and gas drilling in the southern Atlantic, and were one of many voices looking at the economic impact of the sand plant in Marina. The CBE 2016 Impact Report, created by the Middlebury Advancement Office does a great job of succinctly stating our victories and research goals. We reflect on a number of initiatives that made an impact in the world, and goals yet to be accomplished in 2017 and beyond.
We Welcome Dr. Michael Orbach as Center for the Blue Economy Senior Fellow
The Center for the Blue Economy welcomes Dr. Michael Orbach, Professor Emeritus of Marine Affairs and Policy in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, as Senior Fellow. Dr. Orbach has performed research and has been involved in coastal and marine policy on all coasts of the U.S. and in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Europe, Alaska and the Pacific, and has published widely on social science and policy in coastal and marine environments. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Sea Grant College Program, the Ocean Conservancy, and is a member of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Science and Engineering Board that is overseeing the development of the 2017 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan. We look forward to working with Dr. Orbach collaboratively in the coming years.
Secure Oceans Lecture & Panel Discussion Video Now Posted
On November 1, 2016, Johan Bergenäs, Director of the Partnerships in Security and Development Program at the Stimson Center and co-author of “Secure Oceans” gave a presentation that was enthusiastically received by an engaged audience on the complex topic of environmental and security concerns in the world's oceans. The talk was followed by a lively panel discussion on the global response to protecting our oceans. Video of the event is now posted, along with the Power Point slides from the presenter.
*Videos from our Fall 2016 Ocean and Coastal Management Speaker series are now available.
*In September and October, Dr. Charles Colgan gave five presentations to the Leadership Institute for the Mesoamerican Reef (Cancun, Mexico), the Special Summit of the African Union (Lome, Togo) the International Symposium on Oceans in National Accounts (Tianjin China), and the World Ocean Weak special session on investing in the Blue Economy (Xiamen, China).
*On 12/2, Rachel Christopherson and Charles Colgan led a group of high school students from Seaside's Chartwell High in a presentation about the decision makers on the Monterey Bay.
*On 12/5, Christopherson and Colgan presented to officials from the National Center of Ocean Standards and Metrology and the China Institute for Marine Affairs about the Center's work and the blue economy.
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