Climate Change: The Gulf of Maine is a collaborative program exploring the oceanographic science behind the rapidly warming ocean basin, how changes impact marine populations, and how local coastal communities are responding to climate change.
This unique new program combines a short 2-week sailing component aboard SEA’s SSV Corwith Cramer with shore-based travel to give students a multifaceted look at the many threads involved with climate change impacts, responses, and mitigation strategies.
Leveraging the rich history and current research and policy institutions in Woods Hole, MA, students will explore the many dimensions of climate change research and policy. Students will be immersed in the community by working with local partners and stakeholders and participating in the process of developing coastal community climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Utilizing next generation DNA sequencing techniques, students will investigate how Gulf of Maine marine organism populations are responding to the challenge of a changing environment. Time at sea will provide the opportunity for students to observe and study the oceanographic processes in flux and contribute to long-term datasets used by a broad set of partner research institutions.
Climate change raises practical questions for Gulf of Maine communities: How do coastal towns prepare for climate change effects? What are industries doing to mitigate climate warming and ocean acidification? How can organizations increase their environmental and cultural sustainability? We will simulate, role play, investigate, and communicate answers to all of these questions, working among and forming bonds between governmental, business, academic, and social sectors. This web of experiences can provide pathways to careers in climate change research, mitigation and adaptation.
Climate Change: The Gulf of Maine will finish with a capstone experience. Students will present their scientific research and policy research products to the many stakeholders and partners SEA collaborates with throughout the program as well as the local Woods Hole community.
*Prerequisites are sophomore status and one introductory science course at the college level.