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Ocean Acidification: Connecting Science with April 16 Wednesday
Those Who Need It

About Our Speaker

Jeff Watters

Jeff Watters is Acting Director of government relations for Ocean Conservancy, a national environmental organization dedicated to bringing people together to find science-based solutions for protecting the ocean and its wildlife. Prior to joining Ocean Conservancy in 2011, Jeff spent four years as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), where he advised the senator on ocean and fisheries issues and staffed her chairmanship of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard. Jeff also served as a NOAA Knauss Sea Grant legislative fellow and as a Christine Mirzayan graduate fellow at the National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving a Masters of Science in limnology and marine science where his research focused on endangered sea turtle bycatch in the Hawaii swordfish and tuna longline fishing industry.

About the Talk

In a world where the chasm between scientists and advocates, citizens, and decision-makers can often seem wide, we are in dire need of solutions and products that bridge that gap. For those who deal with the issues of ocean acidification, this need is especially pressing. This talk will examine how the NASA Carbon Monitoring System can develop products that will engage citizens, be valuable for stakeholder groups, and useful for decision-makers. By examining the social and political landscape of ocean acidification, we will examine how the Carbon Monitoring System’s products can connect its science with those who need it.


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This talk was held at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on April 16, 2014, as part of the Carbon Monitoring System Applications Policy Speaker Series.

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