Reducing Risks to People and Nature


Published on Jun 12, 2013

While several coastal areas face uncertain threats stemming from the interaction of human activities and natural forces, many of the risks confronting today's Gulf Coast and Arctic communities are already obvious and widely acknowledged.

In 2010, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill devastated the Gulf of Mexico's economic and environmental health, the impacts of which are still being ascertained. Three years later, Gulf and Arctic communities remain similarly exposed to the twin challenges of rapidly changing shorelines and the potential impacts of offshore industrial activity. This seminar will offer updates on recent and anticipated ocean and coastal policy, planning, and investment activities, providing an overview of risk reduction activities along the Gulf and Arctic coasts.

The Honorable Mark Begich | US Senator, Alaska

Larry McKinney | Director, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Jeffrey W. Short | Environmental Chemist, JWS Consulting, LLC

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