NEOPS Presence at Key Climate Change Event
Robert Blasiak, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo
From 28-30 January 2014, the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) held its 14th national conference around the theme "Building Climate Solutions" in Washington, DC. With its vision of "improving the scientific basis for environmental decision-making", the non-profit NCSE has positioned itself as a leader in promoting linkages between science and practice.
Of particular interest and relevance for NEOPS was Session 10 on "Managing Marine Fisheries in a Changing Climate". With support from NEOPS, The University of Tokyo research fellow Robert Blasiak attended this two-day special session, organized by Wendy Morrison, Roger Griffis and Erin Seney of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The first day of the symposium featured presentations by leading American and Canadian scientists and decision-makers involved in sustainable fisheries management. The second day featured breakout working groups, and Blasiak was able to introduce and share outcomes of NEOPS research to participants of the "Change in distribution" working group, while also contributing to the outcome document, which is now available online.
Following the conclusion of the conference, participants independently made contact to learn more about NEOPS and request copies of a report published about the October 2013 “Future Management of Ocean Ecosystem Services” organized by NEOPS at The University of Tokyo.