Ocean Climate Summits

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4th Biennial Summit - May 2016

The 4th Ocean Climate Summit: Resilience through Climate-Smart Conservation will be held on Tuesday, May 17th, from 9:00 am - 6:30 pm at the Fort Mason General’s Residence in San Francisco. The goal of the summit is to improve the resilience of the North-central California coast and ocean to climate change through awareness, action, collaboration and leadership. The poster reception will provide an opportunity to learn more about the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on local marine ecosystems, and climate-smart projects throughout the region. The reception will be a unique opportunity to meet and network with climate adaptation leaders, including sanctuary staff. Over 100 scientists, marine resource managers, decision-makers, educators, and more will be in attendance. 

3rd Biennial Summit - February 2013

The 3rd Biennial Ocean Climate Summit was held February 20, 2013 from 9:45AM - 3:30PM at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio of San Francisco. The goal of the summit was to connect information, resources, and people across disiciplines to collaboratively sustain North-central coast and ocean ecosystem health through fostering awareness promoting action, and advocating climate smart conservation.

2013 Summit Objectives

  • Recognize collaborative partnerships and successes in addressing ocean acidification impacts.
  • Promote dialog, and share new information and tools across disciplines on climate change and ocean acidification.
  • Discuss local collaborations that provide resources for climate adaptation planning / climate smart conservation.
  • Build upon existing collaborations and forge new partnerships.

Download the 2013 Ocean Climate Summit Report: Strength Through Collaboration (PDF, 1.23 MB)


2nd Biennial Summit - June 2010

In partnership with California Academy of Sciences, the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve's Coastal Training Program and The 11th Hour Project, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, held the "Second Biennial Ocean Climate Summit: Moving from Knowledge to Action" at California Academy of Sciences on June 3, 2010. Invited attendees included scientists, marine resource managers, educators and public relations specialists from local agencies, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions who participated in breakout groups in the areas of public outreach, science and information, and innovation and adaptation.

2010 Summit Objectives

  • Present and discuss the key findings and recommendations from the report, Climate Change Impacts: Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries.
  • Frame a roadmap toward effective communication of these impacts to the public through common themes, messages, and hope for the future.
  • Frame methods to promote efficient and effective communication on issues surrounding climate change impacts amongst scientists, natural resource managers, and communities.
  • Frame strategies to move natural resource management from planning for today to planning for the future while faced with uncertainty.

Download the 2010 Ocean Climate Summit Report: Moving from Knowledge to Action (PDF, 850Kb)

1st Biennial Summit - April 2008

To lay a foundation for the Ocean Climate Initiative, the First Biennial Ocean Climate Summit was held in San Francisco in April 2008, bringing together over 100 participants representing federal, state, and local agencies, non-profit organizations, foundations, and academic institutions throughout the region.

2008 Summit Objectives

  • Identify the key climate change factors affecting the San Francisco Bay Area's coast and ocean;
  • Discuss the steps in research, outreach, and policy reform needed to address the carbon footprint affecting this region's coast and ocean;
  • Determine how existing climate change programs can collaborate to help support the needs of the San Francisco Bay Area's coast and ocean;
  • Identify the important critical marine habitats within the region that must be managed for resilience and sustainability; and

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Download 2008 Ocean Climate Summit Proceedings

View presentations made at the 2008 Summit (PDF, 22.4Mb)