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Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725
During the July “From Shore to Sea” lectures, William Douros, West Coast Regional Director for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, will discuss how sanctuaries are addressing the potential threats and challenges of global climate change.
Climate change, which may be linked to warming ocean temperatures, ocean acidification, sea level rise, and weather patterns, could cause fundamental changes to marine and coastal ecosystems. The Channel Islands, one of the most diverse and abundant marine environments on the planet, provides a natural venue for researchers to study these impacts.
Douros will highlight efforts to understand potential climate changes and efforts to protect marine environments of the west coast sanctuaries including the Channel Islands. He will outline an action plan for research, monitoring, education, outreach, and partnership development.
Regional Director Douros oversees the management and operations of five national marine sanctuaries, which protect over 12,000 square miles of area. Douros served as the superintendent of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the nation’s largest. Prior to that he was deputy director of the Santa Barbara County Planning & Development Department, where he led the division that regulated offshore oil and gas development.
The “From Shore to Sea” lecture series is jointly sponsored by Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary with support from Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. The purpose of the series is to further the understanding of current research on the Channel Islands and surrounding waters. The lectures occur at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way in the Santa Barbara Harbor and Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor. The programs are free and open to the public.