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3 posts focusing on Oceans

Partnering with indigenous communities to anticipate and adapt to ocean change

The productive ocean off Washington state’s Olympic Coast supports an abundant web of life including kelp forests, fish, shellfish, seabirds and marine mammals. The harvest and use of these treaty-protected marine resources have been central to the local tribes’ livelihoods, food security and cultural practices for thousands of years. But ocean acidification is changing the chemistry of these waters, putting many coastal species – and the human communities that depend upon them – under threat. 

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Developing capacity for ocean acidification observations in the Western Indian Ocean

On the heels of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development — otherwise known as Rio +20 — the UN established development goals centered around people, planet and prosperity. Among these is Goal 14, aimed at the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources. The goal calls out addressing the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification, among others. 

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Daily forecast model of Washington waters

Have you ever seen a painting so realistic that on first glance you assumed it was a photograph, where each colorful, textured stroke on the canvas perfectly matched the scene spread out before the artist?
In the same way that landscape artists represent the natural world with paint, scientists seek to represent the world through computer simulation models. These models integrate different natural forces to recreate dynamic environments such as Puget Sound, giving us a better idea of what’s happening now and what might happen in the future. 

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