2014 Summit Concurrent Sessions

2014 Ocean Literacy Summit

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Concurrent Sessions

Science and Education

This year’s concurrent sessions are split into five tracks, corresponding with five fundamental concepts of Principle 6. All of the Summit’s concurrent sessions feature scientists and educators as co-presenters.

Due to space concerns, we are asking everyone to choose one presentation per session when registering. We also ask that you commit to attending that presentation during the summit. Thank you.  View the full description of speakers and descriptions here




Track A: Understanding Ocean Impacts

The ocean affects every human life. It supplies freshwater (most rain comes from the ocean) and nearly all Earth’s oxygen. The ocean moderates the Earth’s climate, influences our weather, and affects human health.

Track B: Ocean Resources

The ocean provides food, medicines, and mineral and energy resources. It supports jobs and national economies, serves as a highway for transportation of goods and people, and plays a role in national security.

 Track C: Human Impacts

Humans affect the ocean in a variety of ways. Laws, regulations and resource management affect what is taken out and put into the ocean. Human development and activity leads to pollution (point source, non-point source, and noise pollution), changes to ocean chemistry (ocean acidification), and physical modifications (changes to beaches, shores, and rivers). In addition, humans have removed most of the large vertebrates from the ocean.

Track D: Climate Change Ocean Impacts

Changes in ocean temperature and pH due to human activities can affect the survival of some organisms and impact biological diversity (coral bleaching due to increased temperature and inhibition of shell formation due to ocean acidification).

Track E: Coastal Living

Much of the world’s population lives in coastal areas. Coastal regions are susceptible to natural hazards (tsunamis, hurricanes, cyclones, sea level change, and storm surges).


Session 1 

Track A:  Adding Salt to the Water Cycle

Track B:  The Nerve: Marine Organisms Provide Insights to the Human Nervous System

Track C:  Healthy Oceans: You Are What You Eat

Track D:   Climate Change Is Local: Impacts on New England Waters

Track E:  Dealing with extreme events in the community

Session 2 

Track A: Design Science Meets Ocean Science: Engaging Challenging Learners with Innovative Projects While Collaborating with an Ocean Scientist

Track B:  Aquaculture in the Field and the Classroom

Track C:  Welcome to the “Plastisphere”: A World of Microbes on Plastic Marine Debris

Track D:  Ocean Acidification: What does it mean for the Northeast?

Track E: Coastal Resiliency: What does this mean and is it possible?

Session 3 

Track A:  Ocean Currents: Going With the Flow

Track B:  Energy From the Ocean: University of Maine Offshore Wind Program: Research and Education Overview

Track C: Watching Grass Grow: Remotely Monitoring Erosion and Sea Level Rise In Salt Marshes

Track D:  The Science and Technology of Warming Oceans

Track E:  Understanding Sea-Level Rise and How It Is Changing Our Coasts






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