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Capitol HillIncreasing numbers of people live within the coastal zone, putting more people, property, and economic activity at risk from natural and unnatural disasters such as tsunamis, hurricanes, heavy storms, extreme high tides, pollution of coastal waters, harmful algal blooms, and shifting shorelines. Our political leaders must be forward-looking and well-coordinated across federal, state, and local jurisdictions if they are to help protect this vital region.

As land resources become depleted and the planet’s population continues to rise, society increasingly looks to the ocean for essential resources. It is important that policy makers get out ahead of those who plan to profit from ocean ventures, particularly because there is a current lack of unified and coordinated governance for the ocean, either nationally or internationally. As more and competing types of economic activity expand into the ocean, it is important to protect both ocean health and human investments.

The oceans are the global moderator of climate and have absorbed nearly half of all carbon dioxide emitted from burning fossil fuels since the dawn of the industrial era. When our political leaders consider how to address the very difficult, expensive, and long-term problem of climate change, they should understand its impact on the ability of the ocean to support future ecosystems.

As decision makers turn their attention to addressing these problems, in each case it will be essential that the way forward be informed by the best science available, and that scientists understand what information those decision makers need in a timely manner.

(Excerpted from MBARI's Science Summit for Sound Decisions)


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marine careers

Career Exploration

This activity will help familiarize student with various careers in marine science and technology, and will help students find out what responsibilities, interests, aptitudes, schooling and experience are necessary to follow a particular career path.
 

 


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Environmental News Network: (07/12/13)
Huge Marine Preservation Area Being Considered for Antarctica

Nature (PBS): (06/11/08)
The Beauty of Ugly—Interview with Dr. Edith Widder

Science News for Kids: (12/12/07)
Eyes on the Depths

Science Daily: (04/20/07)
Marine Geophysicists Probe Sea Floor

Science Daily: (04/17/07)
Researchers Setting Up Observatories To Examine Changes Under The Arctic Ice

NOAA Magazine: (04/16/07)
March temperatures second warmest on record for U.S.; global march temperature fifth warmest on record

NOAA Magazine: (03/28/07)
NOAA national marine fisheries service launches web site for tracking and verifying dolphin-safe tuna products


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Marine Policy

MBARI
Includes a wealth of information about the scientists working at MBARI, their current research projects, data sets and technology involved in studying the oceans.

Eye-in-the-Sea
Marine Careers

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Last updated: Jul. 18, 2013