Global Conference on Oceans, Climate & Security
Thanks to the Council of Advisors, leadership and staff of the Collaborative Institute we held a successful First Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security (GC '12) in May 2012.
Representatives from 16 countries, 17 U.S. states, and many regional and local residents came together in Boston at GC ‘12. Sectors attending included the military, private industry, consulting firms, academia, government officials, nonprofit organizations, and concerned and interested citizens.
The predicted effects of climate change over the coming decades include extreme weather events, drought, flooding, sea level rise, retreating glaciers, habitat shifts, and the increased spread of life-threatening diseases. These conditions have the potential to disrupt societies around the world and force nations to change the way they keep populations safe and secure.
Some threats are direct, such as impacts to global food security through drought or changes in ocean chemistry and temperature, or damage to civilian and military infrastructure caused by sea-level rise and increasingly frequent or intense storm events. Other threats are significant but less direct, such as decreased agricultural productivity, forced migration of coastal populations, and destabilizations of economies due to the ocean’s reduced capacity to regulate climate and provide for human needs. These conditions have the potential to disrupt societies around the world and force nations to change the way they keep population safe and secure.
Panels of experts presented materials for discussion that:
- Assessed the current state of the science
- Assessed the impact of sea-level rise and ocean acidification on food security, human health, and coastal populations
- Assessed how human and national security are affected by global climate change
- Identified key affected regions, strategic interests, policy gaps, and governance implications
- Discussed current and potential future civil and military adaptation strategies and actions at multi-national, national, and local scales
Science/Ecosystem Impacts and Human Welfare
- Global Climate Change Science, Status, and Needs
- Climate Change, Oceans and Human Health
- Acidification and Other Impacts to Ocean Benefits
- Insurance, Adaptation, and Ocean Observing Systems
Policy/Security Policy and Governance Implications
- Arctic and Antarctic Regional Policy
- Coastal Impacts of Climate Change
- Population Impacts, Including Migration
- Natural and Built Systems Resilience and Adaptation
- U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus
- Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
- Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of NOAA Jane Lubchenco, PhD
- Jeff Masters, PhD from Weather Underground.
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