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Aquarium Forum: Sato-Umi in the Anthropocene

The Aquarium will host a two-day forum called Sato-umi in the Anthropocene. This is the second of two forums co-sponsored by the American Honda Motor Company. 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 and our activities 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 and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific Steve Morikawa, president, Honda North America

9:20 a.m.: What is Sato-umi? An introduction to the concept
Steve Center, American Honda Motor Corp

9:30 a.m.: Sato-umi in theory and in application
Masahiro Nakaoka, professor, Hokkaido University

10:30 a.m.: What is the Anthropocene—what are its characteristics and future?
Anthony Barnosky, professor, Stanford University

11:15 Perspectives on Sato-umi and similar concepts in the Anthropocene
Ahupua`a, the Hawaiian analog of Sato-umi Avis Kuuipoleialoha Paoi, 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.: Designing the Coast for the Future

Jerry Schubel

4:45 p.m.: Adjourn

7:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Sato-Umi in Southern California

Aquarium Forum: Sato-Umi in the Anthropocene
Event Information
When Monday, Nov 13, 2017 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Tickets Please call to RSVP.
RSVP (562) 590-3100
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