MCL Water and Watersheds Speaker Series - March 2017

MCL Water & Watershed Speaker Series
The Influence of Ocean Acidification on Our Coastal Ecosystems
Thursday, March 23, 4:30 to 6 PM
Central Marin Police Headquarters Community Room
250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur
(parking at Piper Park behind the headquarters building)
Open to all MCL members and guests without charge

Speaker: Karina Nielson, Director of Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies and Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University

Karina will discuss changes to marine life as a result of ocean warming, what we know about the consequences of these changes, what we are trying to learn more about, and how scientists are helping to inform policy in California.

Ocean acidification is sometimes called “the other CO2 problem” because the ocean has absorbed almost 30 percent of the CO2 (carbon dioxide) released through the combustion of fossil fuels. This greenhouse gas becomes carbonic acid in the ocean, changing the ocean’s chemistry and making it more corrosive to calcifying organisms. The results are being observed in the waters that upwell along our shores and elsewhere.

Romberg is a global leader on ocean research and the effects of climate change on the marine environment. Karina’s own research focuses on how climate change, ocean conditions, and human activities, including conservation efforts, influence the functioning and diversity of coastal ecosystems.

Priscilla Bull (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Ann Thomas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) are program co-chairs and welcome comments and questions.



Event date: 03-23-2017 4:30 pm
Event End Date: 03-23-2017 6:00 pm
Location Central Marin Police Authority Meeting Room

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