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CPO Marine Ecosystem Risk Team Contributed to Updated National Marine Ecosystem Status Website

  • 22 October 2021
CPO Marine Ecosystem Risk Team Contributed to Updated National Marine Ecosystem Status Website

On October 25, the NOAA cross-LO Ecosystem Indicators Working Group (EIWG) will launch an update to the National Marine Ecosystem Status (NaMES) website. This website provides a starting point for educators, outreach specialists, and the interested public to explore the status of seven major U.S. marine ecosystems and the nation “at-a-glance.” The site also provides access to all of NOAA’s ecosystem programs and information in an easy-to-access view. This is the first major update to the site since launching in October 2020. The update includes new and updated data for all of the ecosystems presented on the site. New data includes changing species distributions due to climate change, new coral reef information, and Coastal Tourism Economic information.

CPO contributed to this update through the participation in the EIWG by the Marine Ecosystem Risk Team (MERT) Visiting Climate Scientist (VCS), Zac Cannizzo. By working at the intersection of climate and marine ecology, the VCS contributed to the update by proposing the addition of the new Marine Species Distribution indicator and by acting as a subject matter expert for the updates to the climate indicators included on the site. The VCS will also be participating in a NOAA Climate tweet chat about the website update on October 26. Contributing to the update of NaMES advances a goal of the Marine Ecosystems Risk Team (MERT) initiative to CPO will provide support for the National Marine Ecosystems Status platform and connect it with the National Climate Assessment (NCA) to provide an outlet for sanctuaries climate monitoring and data products. For more information email

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