On Wednesday, December 2, 2020, from 2-3 pm ET, CPO’s Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications Program (COCA) and Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP), in conjunction with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, hosted a webinar for their “Managing of Water Resources Along the Coast” community of practice. The closed-captioned recording is now available.
Titled, “Investing in Adaptation: Design through Implementation,” it was the third in a webinar series designed to explore science and research topics relevant to the community of practice. The webinar focused on climate adaptation investments, strategies for building more resilient communities, and the challenges and cost of incorporating climate considerations into local planning efforts.
The speakers included:
Ben Cohen, Director at Quantified Ventures, an impact investment intermediary firm that specializes in structuring outcomes-based financing, notably Social and Environmental Impact Bonds;
Dr. Yu Zhang, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, University of Texas Arlington; and
Dr. Philip Orton, Research Associate Professor of Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology.
Future webinars will include a focus on tool tutorials, research topics and key scientific research. If you have recommendations for future topics or tools that you would like to see highlighted, please contact Nancy Beller-Simms and/or Jen Dopkowski.
Watch the latest closed-captioned recording - "Investing in adaptation: Design through implementation" »
View the second webinar recording - "Environmental justice/service equity: An equitable future within the water utility realm" »
View the first webinar recording - "Exploring socio-economic methodologies: Cost-benefit and beyond" »
MISSION: The Climate and Fisheries Adaptation Program (CAFA) supports targeted research to promote sustainable management, adaptation and resilience of the nation’s valuable fish stocks and fisheries-dependent communities in a changing climate. By bringing together NOAA scientists with the academic community, other federal agency scientists, non-governmental organizations and key fisheries stakeholders, CAFA addresses priority needs for information and tools identified in the 2015 NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy, Fisheries Regional Action Plans, U.S. National Climate Assessment, and other sources.
ISSUE: Healthy and productive fisheries are a significant component of the U.S. economy. Commercial and recreational marine fisheries generate over $200 billion in economic activity and support more than 1.8 million jobs annually. (FEUS 2016) Reliant and sustainable fisheries also support working waterfronts and coastal communities, provide opportunities for commerce, are tied to rich cultures, and help meet the growing demand for seafood across the U.S. and the world.
Climate variability and change are having increasing impacts on fish stocks, fisheries, and marine ecosystems in the U.S., and the impacts are expected to significantly increase with continued climate change. The changing climate and ocean conditions (e.g. warming oceans, extreme events, changing currents and stratification, coastal precipitation, coastal inundation, etc.) directly and indirectly affect marine ecosystems including the abundance, distribution, and productivity of fish stocks that support economically important fisheries. Sustainable fisheries management requires an improved understanding of how climate, fishing, and other stressors interact to affect fish stocks (including their habitats and prey), fisheries and fishing‐dependent communities.
PROGRAM HISTORY: The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Climate Program Office, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Science and Technology launched a partnership in 2014 to advance understanding of climate‐related impacts on fish or other species that support economically important fisheries and fishing communities. The partnership originated through the former Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) Program and in 2021 was renamed the Climate and Fisheries Adaptation (CAFA) Program as part of the OAR/CPO Adaptation Sciences Program.
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