State of the Ocean


The ocean plays an integral role in sustaining life on Earth. Scientific exploration, research, and monitoring are revealing more of the ocean's complexities and providing a better understanding of an intricate and interconnected system.

Across the country and around the world, we are already observing profound changes in our ocean, which in turn will have profound impacts on the planet and consequences for communities. Recent reports, including the National Climate Assessment, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and International Programme on the State of the Ocean, have documented these changes and underscore the need and urgency to address our changing ocean. This session examined and discussed our scientific understanding of the current State of the Ocean (#SOTO).


Jerry R. Schubel, Ph.D., President and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific


David O. Conover, Interim Vice President for Research, Stony Brook University

Margaret Davidson, Senior Leader for Coastal Inundation and Resilience, NOAA National Ocean Service

Scott C. Doney, Director, Ocean and Climate Change Institute, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Tony MacDonald, Director, Urban Coast Institute, Monmouth University

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