Sea Briefs is a report on the results of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.
Editor: Melissa Schneider
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MASGC supports applied, interdisciplinary marine science research, education and outreach efforts to foster the sustainable development and management of the Mississippi and Alabama coasts and nearshore ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico
About 70 Gulf of Mexico extension, outreach and education professionals met with expert scientists, communications experts and local community planners during a workshop in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., to learn more about sea-level rise and possible ways to communicate about the issue to those who can best prepare for it.
The workshop was part of an effort to create a climate community of practice, or a group who will work together to learn the best approaches, techniques and scientific information regarding sea-level rise and other climate-related issues.
During the three-day workshop, which was funded by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program, professionals from across the Gulf heard from their peers, science experts and community leaders who have either taken steps to address sea-level rise or are not yet addressing the issue.
Speakers focused on social marketing theories, case studies and community efforts to understand and plan for sea-level rise. Participants collaborated to identify what they believe their communities think about climate change and sea-level rise. They also identified groups they work with, groups that are asking for climate information and people who are ready to take actions.