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  1. News Stories

    The Middlebury Climate Change Semester: Inaugural Program Begins

    | by Rachel Christopherson

    January 2022 marked the start of the first-ever Middlebury Climate Change Semester program, a unique and much-anticipated collaboration between Middlebury College in Vermont, and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey.  Undergraduate students from Middlebury College have joined graduate students at MIIS to study place-based examples of climate change, environmental history, and environmental justice. 

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    The Evolution of Thinking on the Ocean Economy

    | by Rachel Christopherson

    The Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, Volume 8, Issue 2, features eleven papers drawn from the recent Fifth International Symposium on the Oceans in National Income Accounts.  The papers highlight an evolution in ocean economic thinking:  from defining and measuring the blue economy as statistics related to GDP,  to an information system that provides decision makers with the facts they need around marine ecosystem service flows and changes. 

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    The Economic Value of America's Estuaries

    | by TBD Economics LLC, The Center for the Blue Economy, and & Rachel Christopherson

    Estuaries have always been an essential feature of the economy, and in the face of climate change, play an even more important role in buffering storms and sequestering carbon.  “The Economic Value of America’s Estuaries,” written by the Center for the Blue Economy and TBD Economics LLC for the non-profit organization Restore America’s Estuaries, details the surprisingly huge contribution of these areas to the U.S. economy, and fills in a critical gap for coastal managers and policy makers:  the economic benefit of natural infrastructure and blue carbon sequestration.

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    How Little We Know: Humans and Recreation on the California Coast

    | by Charles Colgan, Phil King, and Sarah Jenkins

    The California coast extends across 1,200 miles (3,000 miles depending on what is counted).  There have been extensive investments in understanding the physical and biological dimensions of the coast.  There are numerous world-class ocean science institutions in California furthering understanding of those dimensions.  However, there has been little effort to understand one of the key components of the marine ecosystem: human use.