Thursday, July 5, 2018

CSM invited to the 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the Oceans

Drs Nathalie Hilmi (CSM) and Peter Swarzenski (IAEA) presented the conclusions of the 4th Workshop on the Economics of Ocean Acidification at the 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans at Washington, DC (USA) from 4th to 8th june.

Ocean acidification, often called "the other CO2 problem", is a consequence of an increased release of anthropogenic carbon dioxide. The acidity of the oceans has increased by about 30% since the beginning of the industrial era, and may increase by more than 150% by the end of the century. This increase in acidity impacts the lives and well-being of many marine organisms and can also disrupt coastal and marine ecosystems and the services they provide.

The workshops on the economics of ocean acidification were born from the Monaco Declaration (2008), which aimed to raise awareness among policy-makers on the issues of ocean acidification and encourage interdisciplinary research efforts in this area. Organized by the Scientific Center of Monaco and the IAEA Environment Laboratories, this edition brought together about sixty experts in natural and social sciences, from 23 countries with highly diverse and complementary skills and experiences.

It was dedicated to the solutions to be developed in order to save coral reefs threatened by ocean acidification but also by other global or local stressors. The workshop is truly multidisciplinary in character, involving natural sciences such as biology and chemistry and social and human sciences, such as economics and sociology, anthropology. Participants addressed the workshop topic through the lenses of their own disciplines in order to highlight interconnections and propose comprehensive solutions.


For more information, see www.centrescientifique.mc or contact:

- Dr Nathalie Hilmi, Section head "Environmental economics" at Scientific Centre of Monaco (hilmi@centrescientifique.mc)

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