Understanding a community’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and adapt to impacts of environmental, economic, or cultural change is an essential component of understanding social vulnerability. In the context of Ocean Acidification and associated environmental stressors, for this project we identified shellfish farms in California that were located in areas that could be considered as “hot spots” for OA in order to examine their capacity to adapt to risks from OA. Specifically, we explored shellfish growers’ perceptions of the impacts of environmental change, in particular OA, and identified explicit strategies currently used, or being considered for use, within the industry to adapt to these changes. Our research questions included: 1. What are perceptions of OA and environmental change? 2. What adaptive strategies are being used to decrease vulnerability and increase resiliency to OA and environmental change? And 3. What barriers exist to implementing these strategies?
Speaker: Ana Spalding, Oregon State University
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