Upcoming SARP/COCA virtual seminar at North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute Annual Conference

  • 21 April 2020

Event date: 4/23/2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Export event

Upcoming SARP/COCA virtual seminar at North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute Annual Conference

This week, lead COCA/SARP Principal Investigator Jane Harrison (North Carolina State University) will moderate one of the first virtual sessions of the annual North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute Conference. This session, Wastewater Treatment Along North Carolina’s Changing Coastlines, will focus on the impacts of coastal hazards (e.g. extreme precipitation, high-tide flooding) and sea level rise on wastewater treatment infrastructure along the coast. Panelists, which include members of the COCA/SARP project team, will explore the economic, health and ecosystem impacts from damaged systems and discuss possible solutions. The seminar highlights the collaborative nature of COCA/SARP research projects, their emphasis on bringing together scientists with state and local-level decision makers, and the use of climate information to support community resilience.

The North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute is a collaboration between The University of North Carolina, USGS, and The National Institute for Water Resources. This 50-year long collaboration supports water resources related research, training, and education relevant to the state of North Carolina.

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Climate and Fisheries Adaptation Program (CAFA)

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 StrategyRegional 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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Contact Us


Jennifer Dopkowski
NOAA Research
Climate Program Office
P: (301) 734-1261
E: jennifer.dopkowski@noaa.gov

Roger Griffis
NOAA Fisheries
Office of Science and Technology

P: (301) 427-8134
E: roger.b.griffis@noaa.gov


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