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Second Biennial Ocean Climate Summit: Moving from Knowledge to Action
June 3, 2010

Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS), in partnership with California Academy of Sciences, the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program and The 11th Hour Project, is pleased to announce the “Second Biennial Ocean Climate Summit: Moving from Knowledge to Action.” The goal of the summit is to address climate change impacts within the San Francisco Bay Area’s coast and ocean environment through effective communication of these impacts to public audiences, as well as productive dialogue and collaborations amongst local scientists, educators, and marine resource managers.

This year’s Ocean Climate Summit will be convened to bring together scientists, marine resource managers, educators and public relations specialists from local agencies, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions to:

  • Discuss the key findings and recommendations from the GFNMS and CBNMS Climate Change Impacts Report
  • Develop a roadmap toward effective communication of these impacts to the public through common themes, messages, and hope for the future
  • Develop methods to promote efficient and effective communication amongst scientists, natural resource managers, and communities; and
  • Develop strategies to move natural resource management from planning for today to planning for the future while faced with uncertainty

Summit participants will first attend the public release of “Climate Change Impacts: Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries,” in the Planetarium at California Academy of Sciences. The document is the outcome of a one-and-a-half-year collaborative effort among local experts representing 16 agencies, organizations, and academic institutions. Dr. John Largier, Professor of Coastal Oceanography at the University of California Davis, Bodega Marine Laboratory, will lead a panel discussion on scientific observations and projections identifying potential climate change impacts to habitats and biological communities along the north-central California coast. Participants will then convene in the Boardroom for a working session in small breakout groups for the remainder of the day (see full agenda here). All participants are asked to attend the full duration of the summit. Attendees will also be issued a complimentary pass to Cal Academy’s June 3rd Nightlife event: Ocean Voices (http://www.calacademy.org/events/oceanvoices/), attendance at this evening event is optional.


This page will contain information about the Climate Change Impacts Report and proceedings of the Summit. Please check back after June 3, 2010 for access to the following documents:

  • Climate Change Impacts Report
  • Summit Proceedings and Next Steps
  • Information on designing similar working sessions
  • Additional ocean and coastal climate change resources for the greater San Francisco Bay Area region


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) mission is to understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet the Nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs. NOAA’s products and services include daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, climate monitoring, fisheries management, and stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.

Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA’s Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary was designated in 1981 to protect the wildlife and habitats of one of the most diverse and bountiful marine environments in the world, an area of 1,279 square miles off the northern and central California coast. Located just a few miles from San Francisco, the waters within Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary are part of a nationally significant marine ecosystem. Encompassing a diversity of highly productive marine habitats, the sanctuary supports an abundance of life, including many threatened or endangered species.

California Academy of Sciences

Home to Steinhart Aquarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, Morrison Planetarium, and world-class research and education programs, the California Academy of Sciences has been exploring, explaining and protecting the natural world for more than 155 years. Its “green” building in Golden Gate Park raises the bar for sustainable construction and redefines the role of natural science facilities. From the splashing penguins in African Hall to the wildflowers on the roof, the building is bursting with life. A four-story living rainforest and awe-inspiring coral reef ecosystem will delight visitors of all ages, while interactive space shows will transport audiences beyond the boundaries of our planet. Opportunities abound to meet Academy scientists, share in their discoveries, and join the journey to make our world a greener, more sustainable place to live.

Coastal Training Program at the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

NOAA supports a highly effective education program for coastal decision makers called the Coastal Training Program. The goal of the Coastal Training Program is to facilitate information exchange and encourage collaborations that result in better management of our coastal and estuarine areas. In California, Coastal Training Programs exist at the San Francisco Bay, Elkhorn Slough, and Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserves.

11th Hour Project

The 11th Hour Project popularizes high-level, high-quality information about solutions to global warming. The organization works to change public perceptions about climate crisis from hand-wringing hopelessness to engaged, hands-on problem solving.