CPO’s Marine Ecosystem Climate Risk Team launches partnership with NOAA's Ecosystem Indicators Working Group

  • 16 June 2020
CPO’s Marine Ecosystem Climate Risk Team launches partnership with NOAA's Ecosystem Indicators Working Group

CPO's Marine Ecosystem Climate Risk Team (MERT) recently launched its partnership with NOAA’s Ecosystem Indicators Working Group (EIWG), leveraging CPO’s on-going work and collaboration with the National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI) for this effort. Through support from CPO’s Assessments Program, the NCEI Technical Support Unit (TSU), which includes collaborations with the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, will support the transition of NOAA’s National Marine Ecosystem Status website to an operational status. The NCEI TSU will also work with the United States Global Change Research Program’s Indicators Working Group (USGCRP IndiWG) to augment the USGCRP Indicator suite with indicators developed by the EIWG. This support brings NCEI’s expertise of providing access to high quality, high visibility data products to help advance NOAA EIWG’s multi-year indicator and platform development effort. 

MERT is a cross-division team within CPO with contributions from the Earth System Science and Modeling Division, Climate-Society Interactions Division, Director’s Office, Communication, Education, and Engagement Division, as well as the National Ocean Service’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.



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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