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    Leora Falk

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    May 21, 2012 | 03:53 p.m.

    It was so interesting to see all the different ways to approach ocean change, particularly as someone who has some background in the effects of greenhouse gases. Have you found that your research findings inform each others’ work?

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    Vega Shah

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    May 22, 2012 | 12:00 p.m.

    Thank you for the comment Leora. Yes, I believe our different research projects do inform each other. Although we don’t think this is strictly necessary because we are attempting to define ocean change as it is perceived in our respective fields.

  • May 22, 2012 | 10:53 a.m.

    I really like the geographic and scientific diversity of these projects. It will be interesting to see how you all are able to integrate all of these topics into the larger picture. There could be some emerging interactions that others with narrower views may not have anticipated. Good luck with your projects!

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    Vega Shah

    Presenter
    May 22, 2012 | 12:00 p.m.

    Thank you!

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    Bill Sr

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    May 25, 2012 | 02:35 a.m.

    I think the oceans of our world shape our existence…
    I applaud you and your team for the effort put into your project so far, its only the tip of the iceberg as you are well aware already, great luck in your future.
    I live in the arctic on the shores of the Chukchi sea,I’ve witnessed changes to the ocean here, it will challenge the oceans everywhere…

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    Lee McDavid

    Coordinator
    May 25, 2012 | 10:48 a.m.

    First hand observations like Bill’s are critical for documenting ocean change. In the words of Aqqaluk Lynge, chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, “Climate change is not a theory to us.”

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Dimensions of Ocean Change

Despite widespread acknowledgement that the world’s oceans are undergoing rapid and potentially unprecedented changes, the precise definition of this term is still debatable. Exploring the theme of ocean change from a multidisciplinary perspective is one of the key goals of University of Washington’s IGERT Program on Ocean Change (IPOC). By helping students examine changes in the ocean from an interdisciplinary perspective, IPOC enables students to handle the complex problems an uncertain future for the oceans will present. The diverse approaches – from ecology to social sciences to microbiology – that IPOC students bring to bear on ocean change mirror the multitude of perspectives held on this issue by academics, stakeholders, and the general public. We describe how the first IPOC cohort is tackling ocean change in their research. We also present preliminary findings from informational interviews that we conducted to find out what “ocean change” means to different people with varying backgrounds.