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Sustaining Communities

Conservation Issues | Environment | Conservation

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Every year, North America's Marine Protected Areas contribute millions of dollars to the economy.

Video Posted: November 1, 2012 | Running time: 2:31

Discovering the Ocean’s Secrets

Conservation Issues | Educational | Environment | Conservation

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Imagine going to work everyday in the ocean, to study the plants and animals that call it home.

Video Posted: November 1, 2012 | Running time: 2:46

Protecting Marine Life

Conservation Issues | Environment | Conservation

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Swim up North America's coast like a whale and you will see its vibrant and diverse life. Some of the places along the way are marine protected areas that ensure safe passage and abundant food for the planet's marine animals. These diverse areas also protect an incredible variety of marine life.

Video Posted: November 1, 2012 | Running time: 2:30

Connecting Us to Nature

Conservation Issues | Environment | Conservation

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Marine protected areas offer a perfect adventure.

Video Posted: November 1, 2012 | Running time: 2:33

Charles Moore

Guest Speakers | Conservation | Oceanography

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Plastic Ocean: How Bad Is It?

In 1997 Captain Charles Moore discovered plastic in the ocean in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Dubbed the Great North Pacific Garbage Patch, this estimated three million tons of plastic debris is still growing in the Northeast Pacific between Hawaii and the West Coast. He spoke at the Aquarium on March 6, 2012.

Video Posted: August 1, 2012 | Running time: 3:55

J.J. L’Heureux

Guest Speakers | Art | Marine Biology

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Penguins: A Photographic Expedition to Antarctica

Painter, photographer, and naturalist J.J. L'Heureux shared her photographs and stories from her eleven years of annual expeditions to Antarctica during her lecture on March 20, 2012.

Video Posted: August 1, 2012 | Running time: 3:21

Dr. Michael Mann

Guest Speakers | Conservation

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The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines

In his lecture on February 15, 2012, Michael Mann discussed the “Hockey Stick,” a graph he created with his colleagues to depict changes in Earth’s temperature dating back to 1000 AD. Dr. Mann is a member of the Penn State University faculty, holding joint positions in the departments of meteorology and geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute.

Video Posted: July 30, 2012 | Running time: 4:19

Dirk Rosen

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Deepwater Exploration of South Coast Marine Protected Areas

In his lecture on April 24, 2012, Dirk Rosen described a typical cruise day and shared film clips showing the launch of a remotely operated vehicle and footage from MPA sites. Rosen is the founder and president of Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE). He has more than twenty-five years of design, build, and operations experience with remotely operated vehicles and manned submersibles.

Video Posted: July 30, 2012 | Running time: 3:08

Bruce Perry

Guest Speakers | Oceanography

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Southern California’s Bight and Borderland: Where the Dynamic Ocean Meets Plate Tectonics

In his lecture on February 7, 2012, Bruce Perry covered the evolution of the Continental Borderland and its effects on the current circulation, wave action, and biology of the Southern California Bight (the Southern California coast running from Point Conception to Mexico). Perry holds a BS and MS in geology, teaches oceanography and geology at local community colleges and universities, and has extensive on-the-job training in physical oceanography.

Video Posted: July 29, 2012 | Running time: 4:11

Mark Jackson

Guest Speakers | Oceanography

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Atmospheric Rivers, Floods, and Climate Change

In his talk with Jeanine Jones on January 25, 2012, Jackson discussed recent scientific discoveries are revealing new information about atmospheric rivers—the concentrated streams of moisture that originate over the Pacific Ocean and cause major winter floods in California. Jackson is the meteorologist in charge for the National Weather Service serving Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties.

Video Posted: July 28, 2012 | Running time: 4:09

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