MacArthur funds team bracing for climate change on the East Coast

Extreme weather events like 2012’s Hurricane Sandy have focused East Coasters on the scary realities of climate change. One group of researchers and regional nonprofits is teaming up to assess the threats and help communities prepare, with a $1 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation.(…)

Ocean acidification will be one of the main focuses in the research. One of the most renowned research institutions in the region is studying the array of threats facing the coastal Northeast, focusing on Buzzards Bay, the body of water just south of Cape Cod. With a $1 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is working closely with conservation nonprofits in Buzzards Bay to make a multi-pronged evaluation of the threats facing the spot. It’s hoping to develop potential science-based solutions and adaptations that will be applicable broadly to communities on the East Coast.

The grant will support a research team at WHOI, and its work with Buzzards Bay Coalition, the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation and the Nature Conservancy, both to come up with future ocean management strategies, and to help connect the science with the public, local stakeholders, and decision-makers.(…)

Tate Williams, Inside Philanthropy, 16 September 2014. Article.


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