3/25/14

In the news: National survey reveals climate change concerns among coastal professionals

Oregon Sea Grant led the charge on a recently complete climate change survey looking into information and attitudes about the subject among coastal professionals. Oregon was joined by Illinois-Indiana, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington’s Sea Grant programs in compiling the information. 

"Three quarters of coastal professionals surveyed - and 70% of all participants - said they believe that the climate in their area is changing—a marked contrast to results of some national surveys of the broader American public which have found diverse and even polarized views about climate change and global warming.

The Sea Grant survey was developed to understand what coastal/resource professionals and elected officials think about climate change, where their communities stand in planning for climate adaptation and what kinds of information they need, said project leader Joe Cone, assistant director of Oregon Sea Grant.  Sea Grant programs in Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois-Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington—states that represent most of NOAA's coastal regions—took part, administering the survey at various times between January 2012 and November 2013. 

Among 30 questions, survey participants were asked how informed they felt about climate change in their area and whether they thought that the climate in their area is changing. Participants identified where their agencies and communities stood in planning to adapt to climate change, and hurdles they have encountered and overcome. They also identified climate-related topics important to their work and how much information they had about those topics."
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