CPO’s COCA and SARP launch Community of Practice webinar series

  • 29 April 2020
CPO’s COCA and SARP launch Community of Practice webinar series

On Tuesday, NOAA’s Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications Program (COCA) and Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP) convened a webinar for their  “Managing of Water Resources Along the Coast” community of practice. This webinar was the first in a series that explores science and research topics relevant to the “Managing Water Resources Along the Coast” community of practice.

The webinar focused on two key components: climate adaptation in the water utility sector - including the consequences of not adapting, and understanding the value of relevant, trusted and usable climate information for planning and decision-making at the community level. More than 100 attendees participated in the call including PI’s, community members and federal staff. The webinar was recorded and will be shared within the next month.

Future webinars may 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 Adrienne Antoine (adrienne.antoine@noaa.gov), Nancy Beller-Simms (nancy.beller-simms@noaa.gov) and Jen Dopkowski (jennifer.dopkowski@noaa.gov).

 
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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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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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