Event date: 4/21/2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Export event
On April 21 from 2-3pm EST, CPO will host the webinar “Exploring Socioeconomic methodologies - cost-benefit and beyond.” The webinar is the first in a series that will explore relevant research and applications topics for the “Managing Water Resources Along the Coast” community of practice sponsored jointly by CPO’s COCA and SARP programs.
Dr. Charles S. Colgan
Dr. Charles S. Colgan is the Director of Research for the Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and Editor of the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics. He is also a Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Planning at the University of Southern Maine and leads a COCA-SARP project estimating the costs and benefits of seal level rise adaptation in the water utilities of the Saco Bay region of Maine.
Dr. Jennifer Helgeson
Dr. Jennifer Helgeson is a Research Economist in the Applied Economics Office of the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where she leads a project on the “Economics of Community Resilience Planning.” She is also the developer of the recently released Economic Decision Guide Software (EDGe$) Tool and is an investigator on a COCA/SARP project that examines the Response to and Mitigation of compound water hazards in rural communities of Eastern North Carolina.
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MISSION: The Climate and Fisheries Adaptation Program (CAFA) is a partnership between the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (NOAA Research) Climate Program Office, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) Office of Science and Technology that supports targeted research to promote adaptation and resilience of the nation's valuable fisheries and fisheries-dependent communities in a changing climate. By bringing together NOAA scientists with many partners, CAFA addresses priority needs for information and tools identified in the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy, Regional Action Plans, and other sources.
ISSUE: Healthy 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). 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 change is impacting fish stocks, fisheries, and fishing communities, and these impacts are expected to increase. Changing climate and ocean conditions (e.g. warming oceans, changing currents, coastal inundation, extreme events, etc.) can affect 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 CAFA Program was established by the NOAA Research Climate Program Office and the NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology in 2014 to advance understanding of climate‐related impacts on fish stocks, 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 Climate Program Office Adaptation Sciences Program.
SPONSORS: Funding for the CAFA Program comes from the OAR Climate Program Office and the NMFS Office of Science and Technology, the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.
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