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The Aquarium will host a two-day forum called Sato-umi in the Anthropocene. This is the second of two forums co-sponsored by American Honda in partnership with the Honda Marine Science Foundation. Day one will be open to the public.

Sato-umi is a Japanese term that encompasses the relationship between coastal and marine areas and humans and how humans manage these areas for sustainability. Forum speakers will discuss the theory and application of sato-umi in the Anthropocene, the current geological era denoted by the dominating global influence of humans on the planet.

In the evening after day one presentations are made, a panel will explore how sato-umi might be applied in Southern California. This panel discussion will be offered as part of the Aquarium’s Guest Speaker Series.


9:00 a.m.

  • Welcome and Overview of Forum Goals
  • Jerry R. Schubel, President of the Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Steve Center, Vice President, American Honda Connected and Environmental Business Development


  • What is Sato-umi? An introduction to the concept
  • Steve Center, Vice President, American Honda Connected and Environmental Business Development


  • Sato-umi in theory and in application
  • Masahiro Nakaoka, Professor, Hokkaido University


  • What is the Anthropocene—what are its characteristics and future?
  • Anthony Barnosky, Professor, Stanford University


  • Break


Perspectives on Sato-umi and similar concepts in the Anthropocene
Ahupua`a, the Hawaiian analog of Sato-umi . Avis Kuuipoleialoha Poai, professor, University of Hawaii, Richardson School of Law

12:15 p.m.

  • Lunch break

1:30 p.m.

  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Jeffrey Payne, director, NOAA’s Office of Coastal Zone Management

2:30 p.m.

  • Some Tools for Designing and Tracking Sato-umi and similar approaches
    • The role of marine spatial planning in the application of Sato-umi, Steven Gaines, Dean, Marine Sciences, UC Santa Barbara
    • The role of Geospatial tools in accommodating uses of the environment by Nature and by Humans, Mimi D’Iorio, National Marine Protected Areas Center

4:00 p.m.

  • Comments on Designing the Coast for the Future: Jerry R. Schubel, Aquarium of the Pacific

4:45 p.m.

  • Adjourn until 7:00 pm Synthesis Session

7:00 p.m.

  • Putting the Pieces Together: Sato-umi and its analogs as a concept for shaping the future of the Southern California coastal region.
  • A Panel Discussion “This is What I Heard and How it Might Apply in the Southern California Bight”, moderated by Jerry Schubel, President of the Aquarium of the Pacific
    • Panelists:
    • James Fawcett, Professor USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies
    • Michael Orbach, Professor emeritus, Duke University
    • Amber Mace, Deputy Director, California Council on Science and Technology Panel Discussion: Sato-Umi in Southern California
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Monday, Nov 13, 2017 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

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