Accounting for OA across vulnerability and risk assessments

April 15 at 1:00pm PST/ 4:00pm EST

1:00pm in British Columbia and Seattle

4:00pm in Washington DC

6:00am in Cairns Australia on April 16

Length: 90 minutes


Webinar Overview:

This 90-minute webinar will provide a snapshot of OA vulnerability and risk assessments that have already been conducted and highlight strategies and methodologies that account for socio-economic and cultural vulnerabilities.


(1)  Welcome and brief overview (5 minutes)

  • Jessie Turner, Project Manager, OA Alliance

(2) Overview of Climate Risk Assessments and Applications for OA Vulnerability Assessments (10 minutes)

Confirmed speaker:  Dr. Sarah Cooley, Ocean Conservancy, Director of Climate Science

  • What’s the difference between risk and vulnerability?
  • What methodologies have been used or put forward by the IPCC to assess climate vulnerabilities in general?
  • Timescale and geographic considerations
  • How can global or regional data help inform regional or local vulnerability assessments (opportunities and limitations?)
  • At a basic level, what can local or regional risk and vulnerability assessments help inform?

(3)  OA Vulnerability Assessment- Case Study Pacific Islands (10 minutes)

Confirmed speaker: Dr. Johanna Johnson, Director of C2O Pacific

  • Overview and Origin of the Pacific Islands Ocean Acidification Vulnerability Assessment
  • Methodology, evidence base and data used to establish projected changes for the region
  • Focus areas of the vulnerability assessment
  • Key factors considered and notable recommendations
  • How is the vulnerability report currently being applied?

(4) Ocean Acidification Within Broader Climate Risk Assessments- Case Study British Columbia, Canada (10 minutes)

Confirmed Speaker: Dominique Sigg and Johanna Wolf, British Columbia Climate Action Secretariat, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

  • Overview, origin and purpose of the risk assessment
  • What evidence base (data and information) did you draw from?
  • Methodology utilized and framework established
  • Core Principles of the framework
    • Objectives –how were objectives identified?
    • Risk event
    • Risk cause—this includes OA—why?
    • Impact or Consequence – inclusion of cultural resources
    • Existing Mitigations
    • How likely
    • How Severe
    • Sum and Risk Rating
  • Overview of discrete risk causes (events) vs. ongoing risk causes (trends)
  • Application and next steps for provincial government

(6) Facilitated panel discussion with additional experts (45 minutes)

  • Dr. Jan Newton applications within Pacific Northwest of N. America
  • Dr. Nayrah Shaltout applications within the Mediterranean
  • Dr. Johanna Johnson applications within Pacific Islands Countries and Territories
  • Dominique Sigg and Johanna Wolf applications within British Columbia
  • Dr. Sarah Cooley applications within Alaska

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