Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Assessment on Climate Change & the Olympic Coast Sanctuary

A new assessment report interprets potential futures regarding climate change and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. The report is available online

Due to global climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projects a high likelihood that marine ecosystems around the globe will be measurably altered in the coming century (Bernstein et al. 2007).  In some cases, the collapse of entire ecosystems is viewed as possible, or even likely.  These projections are valuable in terms of describing the global implications of climate change and clarifying the role that anthropogenic emission of greenhouse gases plays in large-scale ecosystem change.  However, they are less useful for assisting managers and policy-makers at the regional or local scale in their efforts to prepare for and, where possible, adapt to climate-related changes.

The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS) encompasses 572 square kilometers of marine and near-shore waters and intertidal habitat off of Washington State’s Pacific Ocean coast.  As one of 14 national marine sanctuaries managed by NOAA, OCNMS is provided protected status because of extraordinary ecological and maritime heritage values. With funding from the NOAA Climate Program Office, the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries developed its “Climate-Smart Sanctuary” program in order to facilitate the process of climate adaptation in these special marine waters.  

The new assessment report is designed to assist OCNMS in adapting to climate change by bridging the gap between the global climate projections provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the regional and local implications of climate change by 2100. 
The direct consequences of climate change on the physical environment in OCNMS were considered and, where possible, the direction and magnitude of change was estimated. These physical effects were divided into seven categories:  Increasing ocean temperature, ocean acidification, sea level rise, increasing storminess, changing ocean current patterns (with a focus on upwelling), increasing hypoxia or anoxia and altered hydrology in rivers draining into OCNMS. 


Monday, April 15, 2013/Categories: COCA News, General News

Number of views (3662)/Comments (0)

Tags:

About the Climate Program Office

The Climate Program Office (CPO) manages competitive research programs in which NOAA funds high-priority climate science, assessments, decision support research, outreach, education, and capacity-building activities designed to advance our understanding of Earth’s climate system, and to foster the application of this knowledge in risk management and adaptation efforts.  CPO-supported research is conducted in regions across the United States, at national and international scales, and globally.  Learn more...

Events Calendar

RISA Program Social Scientist Position open in the NOAA Climate Program Office

This position offers a rare opportunity for a social scientist with management experience to join a dynamic group of experts working on and managing projects related to the societal dimensions of climate. The position will provide management and support for research, assessments, and climate services development activities designed to bring sound, interdisciplinary science to bear on climate sensitive resource management and adaptation challenges in key sectors and regions. Please Click on Article Title for more information about the position and a link to apply.

MAPP Webinar Series: Seasonal Prediction: Achievements and New Frontiers

The NOAA CPO Modeling, Analysis, Prediction, and Projections (MAPP) program hosted a webinar on the topic of Seasonal Prediction: Achievements and New Frontiers on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. The announcement is provided below; you are invited to remotely join the session.