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August 30, 2010

Ocean Impacts of Climate Change Symposium to Take Place September 10

Ocean Impacts of Climate Change: Science, People and Policy,” is a one-day symposium organized by 2010-11 Wayne Morse Resident Scholar Professor Richard Hildreth, director of Oregon Law’s Ocean and Coastal Law Center. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, September 10, in Knight Law Center 175. Professor Richard Hildreth

The symposium will examine how the earth’s oceans buffer us from climate change by absorbing heat and dissolving CO2 initially discharged from the atmosphere. The resulting thermal expansion of the ocean contributes to sea level rise along with melting ice caps and glaciers. Further, the ocean’s increasing acidity is adversely affecting important ocean ecosystems and species. Accelerated sea level rise adversely affects low-lying island and coastal communities as well as the ecosystem. This symposium will highlight the relevant science, the impacts on people, and potential policy and legal responses to these impacts of climate change.

The symposium is free and open to the public, however; space is limited and attendees are strongly encouraged to register.

This event is co-sponsored by PISCO: Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans, the UO Office of the Vice President for Research, the UO School of Law, and the Oregon State University Foundation.

A complete conference agenda is available on the Wayne Morse Center website.

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