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Sanctuary Currents 2008
Oceans of Change: Our Climate, Our Sanctuary, Our Future

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General Information and Program


Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Symposium
-Sanctuary Currents 2008-

April 5, 2008
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM


California State University,
Monterey Bay,
University Center, Sixth Street,
Seaside, CA

Human activity is causing rapid and dramatic changes in the Earth's climate, according to a growing consensus of international scientists. What is the precise nature of climate change, and what effects is it having on the ocean globally - and in our own Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary? Come hear the latest from experts about what's happening to our climate and oceans, the causes and effects of these changes, and how we as a society can respond to climate change.






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Event Sponsors

  • Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments
  • NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
  • California American Water
  • KION CBS-46
  • Central Coast CW
  • Cannery Row Company
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
  • County of Monterey
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Hopkins Marine Station
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Santa Cruz
  • Pebble Beach Company
  • Asilomar Conference Grounds
  • Cities of Monterey, Santa Cruz, Seaside and Sand City


Program of Events

8:00 - 8:45 am Registration
(This is a free event, pre-registration is NOT necessary)
8:45 - 9:00 am Welcome
  • Board Representative, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments
  • Paul Michel, Superintendent, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

  • Dr. Chris Harrold, Director of Conservation Research, Monterey Bay Aquarium

What is happening to our climate?

9:00 - 9:25 am From Global to Local: Climate Change and Our Future
Lisa C. Sloan, Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences and Director of Climate Change and Impacts Laboratory, University of California, Santa Cruz

What are the problems?

9:25 - 9:50 am Sea Level Change in Monterey Bay: History, Future, and Implications
Douglas Smith, Associate Professor, Science and Environmental Policy, California State University, Monterey Bay
9:50 - 10:15 am CO2 in the Ocean: Fertilizer or Herbicide?
Nick Welschmeyer, Professor, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and San Jose State Universi
10:15 - 10:40 am Climate Change and Ecosystem Change in Central California
Bill Sydeman, President & Senior Scientist, Farallon Institute for Advanced Ecosystem Research
10:40 - 11:00 am Break

What can we do?

11:00 - 11:25 am Open Ocean Iron Fertilization: Can the Oceans Help to Sequester Carbon?
Kenneth H. Coale, Director, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
11:25 - 11:50 am Developing a Regional Climate Change Strategy
Will Travis, Executive Director, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
11:50 - 12:15 pm Shifting our Systems towards Sustainability
Laura Strohm, Executive Director, The Sustainability Academy, Monterey
12:15 - 2:00 pm Lunch, exhibits, and posters of student and professional marine research
2:00 - 3:00 pm Ricketts Memorial Lecture:
Changing the World One Breath at a Time: Humans, Climate, and Ocean Ecosystems
James Barry, Senior Scientist
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute



  • From Highway 1: Exit at the CSUMB/Fort Ord Main Entrance, which turns into Light Fighter Drive. Proceed on Light Fighter Dr. past General Jim Blvd. and make the next left onto Colonel Durham Rd. Continue on Durham and make the first left onto Sixth Avenue. The University Center (building with distinctive "white tent" roof) is on your left.
  • From Salinas: Take Reservation Road. Turn left on Imjin Road, then turn take the first left onto Abrams Drive. Where Abrams ends at a stop sign, turn right onto Inter-Garrison Road. Turn left onto Seventh Avenue. Turn right onto B Street. Turn left onto Sixth Avenue. The University Center (building with distinctive "white tent" roof) is on your left.
  • CSUMB Campus Map (500KB PDF)
  • Printable Directions for Vehicle, Train & Air (60KB PDF)

Parking is free in lot #29 at the University Center or across the street in lot #42 at the Watershed Institute (in regular parking spaces only).

For more information, click here, or contact Liz Love at (831) 647-4255, or email her.