Event Title

Climate-Informed Coastal and Marine Planning

Presentation Abstract

The overarching goal of coastal and marine spatial planning and other integrated efforts is to create a dynamic plan that will balance and sustain the needs and values of the myriad users of marine resources in a particular region. To ensure that such efforts succeed over the long term, ongoing changes in marine and coastal systems must be incorporated, including climatic changes. Climatic changes and associated effects are already influencing where and when some birds and fishes breed, the location of some populations of commercially important fisheries, migratory pathways of marine mammals and other species, the type and number of tourists visiting a particular location, and more. Regardless of whether the focus is efficient and sustainable fisheries harvest, conservation, or achieving clarity about possible zoning for marine transport and energy, climate change has the potential to affect everything. Climate-informed coastal and marine planning integrates the full suite of climatic changes and effects, along with the different uses, values, and needs, into planning for resilient coastal and marine environments. EcoAdapt has been working on several initiatives on climate-informed planning in Washington State and British Columbia. This presentation will include discussion of how to integrate climate change into traditional planning and management frameworks, monitoring and research efforts, and mapping tools to help users identify where and why resources may be vulnerable to changing climate conditions. In addition, this presentation will introduce an initiative to examine how to support sustainable U.S. fisheries management in a changing climate. There is a general lack of understanding of the complex interactions between climatic and non-climatic stressors, their impacts on fisheries, and the manner in which managers can approach adaptation. This project will improve understanding of the interactions between human and environmental systems by examining fisheries management in the context of climate change and ocean acidification.

Session Title

Session S-09G: Building Community Resilience: Moving Beyond Climate Adaptation Planning to Implementation

Conference Track

Shorelines

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2014 : Seattle, Wash.)

Document Type

Event

Start Date

1-5-2014 5:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 6:30 PM

Location

Room 6C

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May 1st, 5:00 PM May 1st, 6:30 PM

Climate-Informed Coastal and Marine Planning

Room 6C

The overarching goal of coastal and marine spatial planning and other integrated efforts is to create a dynamic plan that will balance and sustain the needs and values of the myriad users of marine resources in a particular region. To ensure that such efforts succeed over the long term, ongoing changes in marine and coastal systems must be incorporated, including climatic changes. Climatic changes and associated effects are already influencing where and when some birds and fishes breed, the location of some populations of commercially important fisheries, migratory pathways of marine mammals and other species, the type and number of tourists visiting a particular location, and more. Regardless of whether the focus is efficient and sustainable fisheries harvest, conservation, or achieving clarity about possible zoning for marine transport and energy, climate change has the potential to affect everything. Climate-informed coastal and marine planning integrates the full suite of climatic changes and effects, along with the different uses, values, and needs, into planning for resilient coastal and marine environments. EcoAdapt has been working on several initiatives on climate-informed planning in Washington State and British Columbia. This presentation will include discussion of how to integrate climate change into traditional planning and management frameworks, monitoring and research efforts, and mapping tools to help users identify where and why resources may be vulnerable to changing climate conditions. In addition, this presentation will introduce an initiative to examine how to support sustainable U.S. fisheries management in a changing climate. There is a general lack of understanding of the complex interactions between climatic and non-climatic stressors, their impacts on fisheries, and the manner in which managers can approach adaptation. This project will improve understanding of the interactions between human and environmental systems by examining fisheries management in the context of climate change and ocean acidification.