Global Marine Science Summit

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UNCW Global Marine Science Summit

November 5-8, 2017

Convening international scientists, policy makers and industry leaders, the UNCW Global Marine Science Summit focuses on sharing experiences and developing solutions for global marine science issues and improving the economic climate of coastal regions. Providing opportunities for enhanced collaboration in marine science, the summit leverages UNCW’s expertise with that of international and U.S. partner institutions with an expressed interest in collective work. Challenges and concerns differ among the many coastal countries and we will share varying approaches while also exploring areas where we may collaborate and partner on educational and research efforts.

The four-day event centers on thematic areas of global concern – approaches to coastal resilience and blue economy sustainability – and seeks to enhance education and research collaborations as well as produce a proceedings volume outlining diverse approaches and illustrating case studies. Information from this meeting will be used to communicate and work with resource managers and local, state and federal agencies tasked with setting policies and funding the amelioration of negative impacts on coastal systems while finding ways to improve and sustain coastal economies. The summit will also provide a venue for promoting cooperative educational activities as well as individual faculty and staff research interactions.

Summit Topics

  • Collaborative approaches to coastal resilience that enable communities increasingly vulnerable to disasters to rapidly recover from hazardous events such as hurricanes, coastal storms and flooding, and sustainably adapt to long-term environmental changes. Coastal resilience must also address responses and adaptation of coastal economies, especially mariculture and fisheries at both subsistence and commercial scales, to changing coastal conditions.

  • Integrated strategies for blue economy sustainability that provide social and economic benefits for current and future generations through the restoration and protection of the marine environment as natural capital. Such sustainability must recognize the variety of resources and industries supporting coastal economies as well as the community ties and cultural heritage of coastal communities.