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Forums on Ocean Issues

The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts forums and conferences that bring together people from a variety of disciplines to explore complex ocean conservation and other environmental issues. These forums are either for national efforts or to develop a specific Aquarium exhibit. Below is a list, along with accompanying reports, of major MCRI forums. To find a specific topic within the report, be sure to use the PDF search function.

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Coping With the California Drought Crisis

MCRI Forums

December 9, 2014

Coping With the California Drought Crisis  buttonLink

Preparing Southern California for Extreme Weather-Related Events

Aquarium of the Pacific & the California Department of Water and Power

January 8, 2013

Preparing Southern California for Extreme Weather-Related Events  buttonLink

This report is a brief summary of the forum held on November 28-29, 2012 at the Aquarium of the Pacific. For each of the four categories of extreme weather- related events that were ranked as having the greatest potential to cause serious disruptions in Southern California, we present a brief summary and an abbreviated set of recommended actions.

Using Scenario Planning to Shape the Future of the Southern California Bight

MCRI Forums

October 5, 2012

Using Scenario Planning to Shape the Future of the Southern California Bight  buttonLink

The Aquarium of the Pacific is releasing a new report from an Aquatic Forum that gathered ocean experts, policymakers, and other stakeholders to discuss the future of Southern California’s Urban Ocean that was held on July 24-26, 2012.

Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) in the Southern California Bight

Aquarium of the Pacific

September 27, 2011

Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) in the Southern California Bight  buttonLink

In July 2011 the Aquarium of the Pacific together with the University of Southern California’s Wrigley Institute and Sea Grant program hosted a forum to discuss coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP). The report was released in October 2011.

After the Gulf: What Did We Learn?

Aquarium of the Pacific

January 27, 2011

After the Gulf: What Did We Learn?  buttonLink

On October 21-22, 2010 the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Marine Conservation Research Institute (MCRI) conducted a Forum entitled “After the Gulf: What Did We Learn?” The focus of the first day was preventing recurrence of a similar event and when/if ones does occur, how to respond more efficiently and effectively. The focus of the second day was on the consequences of a continued reliance on fossil fuels, the role the ocean will probably play in meeting the continuing demand for oil, and strategies to accelerate a movement away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. A secondary theme was whether an event similar to Deepwater Horizon could occur off California’s coast.

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