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Assessing climate vulnerability of World Heritage properties - coral reefs and beyond

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018, 12:00

Wednesday, December 5, 2018. 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET. Scott Heron, NESDIS.

OneNOAA Science Seminar Speaker: Scott F. Heron, Senior Physical Scientist, NOAA NESDIS Coral Reef Watch Remote access: Located outside Silver Spring? Please register for the webinar Registering for one seminar will provide you with access to the full series of Knauss Seminars. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Participants can use their telephone OR computer mic & speakers (VoIP). Abstract: Heat stress events have increasingly caused severe bleaching and mortality of coral reefs around the world as the ocean has rapidly warmed over the past three decades. Of 29 World Heritage-listed coral reef properties, 15 were exposed to recurrent severe heat stress during the record-setting 2014-2017 global bleaching event. Beyond acute heat stress events, virtually all World Heritage properties in general are subject to other increasing climate pressures. Assessing the climate vulnerability of all World Heritage properties requires a rapid assessment framework that is applicable to natural, cultural and mixed properties; however, no such tool exists. The Climate change Vulnerability Index (CVI) has been developed to identify key climate drivers projected to affect World Heritage, assessing impacts to the attributes leading to World Heritage designations and to the human communities and industries directly associated with the properties. The concept of the CVI was presented during the 2018 meeting of the World Heritage Committee, and has support from the World Heritage advisory bodies. About the Speaker: TBD Accessibility: If you would like to request an ASL interpreter in person or via webcam for an upcoming webinar, please apply through NOAA Workplace Management Office's Sign Language Interpreting Services Program. Subscribe to the OneNOAA Science Seminar weekly email: Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the word 'subscribe' in the subject or body. See

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