Sea Grant Climate
The Sea Grant Climate Network is a
committee of the Assembly of Sea Grant
Extension Program Leaders
To increase the effectiveness of Sea Grant climate
programming and outreach nationwide by coordinating Sea Grant
climate-related activities, sharing talent and resources, and
working with climate agencies and organizations within NOAA
and the communities we serve.
In the early 1990s, a Sea Grant climate change
initiative raised awareness within the network of an upward trend
in global temperature that could have significant impacts on our
nation. A decade later one leader of the initiative, Dale Baker of
New York Sea Grant, brought climate change to the forefront of Sea
Grant's national agenda while working in Washington, DC, at the
National Sea Grant and NOAA climate offices. In April of 2006, a
national Sea Grant Climate Extension Workshop was held in
Charleston, SC. Many of the Sea Grant outreach professionals in
attendance indicated they were working on climate-related issues,
although it was not reflected in their job titles or aggregated
thematically in the Sea Grant reporting system. By 2007, Baker’s
work in Washington was rewarded with the establishment of the first
Regional Sea Grant Climate Extension program within the South and
North Carolina Sea Grant Extension programs in partnership with the
Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) program
University of South Carolina. Included among the many activities of
the Carolinas climate program is a mandate to provide leadership in
establishing a national network of Sea Grant outreach professionals
working on climate issues within their states and communities.
Inspired by the successes of the Assembly-sponsored coastal
communities and fisheries committees, the PIs and the Sea Grant
Climate Extension Specialist, funded through the grant, are
proposing the establishment of a Sea Grant Climate Network. As with
the other cross-cutting, grassroots committees of the Assembly,
this unofficial and informal network requires coordination to be
fully effective. The purpose of this committee is to provide this
coordination function. While individual states will continue to
develop extension programs to meet the needs of their local
constituents, program and resource sharing will be encouraged at
the regional and national levels. Program control will continue to
reside with the individual state programs. Therefore, the purpose
of this committee is to facilitate communication with partners
operating at the national scale. Further, when a regional or
national approach is required to address an issue or problem, the
committee will serve to facilitate that approach.
To improve Sea Grant network interaction,
communication, resource sharing, and talent sharing related to
climate change. To enhance the functioning of the climate change
network among its agency and industry partners at the state,
regional, and national levels.
The committee shall consist of a
steering committee, its elected chair, and a general membership.
The Steering committee may create any other structure necessary to
represent the Network to the Assembly, other Sea Grant
, external collaborators, and
In keeping with the mission of improving the
capacity of the network to provide effective climate outreach
programming, committee membership is, in general, open to all
elements of Sea Grant
– extension, education, communication;
members of the Assembly of Sea Grant Extension Program Leaders; and
any others of the Sea Grant community interested, active and
committed to the issues of climate change. Representatives from the
National Sea Grant Office (Extension Leader), Sea Grant
Association, and Focus Area (co-chairs), may serve as ex officio
To enhance the capacity of the Sea Grant
Climate Outreach Program, the Committee will:
- Communicate with the National Sea Grant Office with respect to
issues related to climate policy and programs.
- Communicate climate program needs (programmatic, staff,
funding) to the NSGO, SGA and individual Sea Grant Directors.
- Develop products describing outcomes of projects (impacts,
- Represent Sea Grant Extension to national and regional climate
- Educate external partners on national climate issues and the
ability and capacity of Sea Grant Extension to address the
- Create and maintain partnerships with climate agencies and
organizations at the national, regional, and state levels,
including (but not limited to) the NOAA Climate Program Office,
NOAA Coastal Services
Center, NOAA National
Weather Service, and state climatologists.
- Facilitate the development of mechanisms for the purpose of
sharing extension information, products, methods, and issues among
Sea Grant climate professionals.
- Provide regional and national coordination and leadership of
climate extension efforts.
- Build/maintain links to the Sea Grant
“triad”(communications, education, research) concerning climate
- Provide an annual report to the Sea Grant Extension Assembly of
Program Leaders on regional climate programming.
- Represent climate outreach on the appropriate Sea Grant Focus
- Promote communication of climate outreach and Sea Grant-funded
climate research in national and international arenas.
Meetings: Minimum of one committee meeting per year (as
resources permit), supplemented by quarterly conference calls, and
other meetings as needed.