Evidence is clear that climate change is under way. Society is already witnessing major impacts on communities, ecosystems, agriculture, and systems that affect daily lives on this planet. Adaptation can reduce some of those impacts, and scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography are answering increased calls for a focus on mitigation.
SEA-LEVEL RISE: Impacts and Adaptations
Sea-level rise is a key climate change impact that is already demanding adaptation at the local, regional, and global scale. Different geographic regions and governments are approaching sea-level rise adaptation in various ways and their action highlight the needs and opportunities to build capacity for addressing the globe's most pressing high-level challenges. Sea-level rise adaptation is on the front lines in global adaptation efforts.
- Rising Seas in California: An update on sea-level rise science - April 2017 (PDF)
SCRIPPS SCIENTISTS TACKLE TODAY'S MOST PRESSING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES:
- Sunnylands news release on Oct. 10-12 oceans retreat, including video of coverage of retreat press conference.
- San Diego Daily Transcript column about the importance of supporting the Blue Economy while maintaining the ocean's natural resources and addressing climate consequences including sea-level rise and ocean acidification.
- Announcement of Oceans Retreat: Sunnylands, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and Scripps Oceanography Announce Plans for Retreat to Address Rising Sea Levels and Ocean Acidification Issues - October 2014
- Sea-level rise is occurring and adaption may include a range of activities across science, engineering, social science, and policy. UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, and The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation hosted a workshop on Sea-level Rise Adaptation May 7-8, 2014, at Scripps Oceanography in La Jolla, California. Click here to learn more.
- VIDEO: Adaptation and Impacts on the Beach
- VIDEO: Extreme Episodes
- Q&A with Falk Feddersen, Scripps professor of physical oceanography. Feddersen studies various aspects of coastal and nearshore oceanography—spanning waves, currents, turbulence, and biological processes—including the implications of sea-level rise on the future of our beaches.
- Q&A with Dan Cayan, climate researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and the U.S. Geological Survey. In addition to his research, Cayan advises decision-makers at local, state, and federal levels on climate issues.
- Q&A with David Victor, professor of international relations and director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at UC San Diego
WATCH SCRIPPS VIDEOS ABOUT SEA-LEVEL RISE AND ITS IMPACTS ON SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:
- Rising Tide - the story of sea-level rise and its impacts on coastal communities, and beyond
- Beach of the Future - how new technology is expanding the Scripps legacy of coastal science and beach systems
- Adapting to a Changing Ocean: A Global Society Perspective - David Victor explains the challenges of getting societies to address sea-level rise
OCEAN ACIDIFICATION: Beneath the Ocean's Surface
With shocking speed, the increasing acidification of the world's oceans has been transformed from an abstract problem to a crisis with global consequences. Tangible impacts are observable now. Scripps Oceanography scientists are part of a global team investigating this critical issue that needs to be understood and addressed for the benefit of the planet and its inhabitants. Scripps is home to some of today's leading ocean acidification scientists, bridging fields such as marine biology, physics, and chemistry, to bring an interdisciplinary approach to this growing problem.
SCRIPPS SCIENTISTS TACKLES TODAY'S MOST PRESSING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES:
Invisible No More (PDF) - ocean acidification is escalating and a scientific integrated approach is under way to seek solutions
WATCH SCRIPPS VIDEOS ABOUT THE INCREASING PROBLEMS OF OCEAN ACIDIFICATION:
Carbonated Oceans - the consequence of our fossil fuel use is impacting the oceans at an alarming rate