With an approaching deadline of 2015 for the Global Climate Treaty, an expiring Kyoto Protocol of 31 December 2013, an ending Bali Longterm Cooperative Action Track, and a vaguely worded Green Climate Fund, there were too many expectations for COP 18 in Doha, Qatar last year. In fact, Doha was expected to be a “gateway” from a period of ambitious but vague promises to an era of concrete targets and measurable actions.
OSIP is a group of graduate students from all walks of life and with all sorts of experiences and expertise. We’re lucky in that fact – it’s more common to find that a group like our own couldn’t work together, but we’ve found that our different backgrounds have been our strength. We have a variety of outlooks on how to approach science communication, climate change, and policy, which we think fosters creativity and innovative solutions.
Our blog is a reflection of the talents and interests we bring to the table as a group. We each have our own unique voice, yet we are sharing the same message – the hope that scientists and policymakers will spend more time working together to address global issues like climate change. As each blog entry is posted, we’ll include the author of the post so that readers know who is talking to them. We hope that our diverse perspectives on issues surrounding climate science will help more people understand how important it really is that we keep having the hard conversations, until a solution is found.
Giving credit where credit is due is a good thing to do. We are here due to a generous donor to The Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. We're an interdisciplinary group that met as a result of the National Science Foundation's IGERT program.
Moreover, the beautiful marine photos that we feature on this website were generously lent to us by Ralph Pace and Octavio Aburto, two highly skilled scientist-photographers variously affiliated with Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Ralph Pace received his masters in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps. View more of his work here. Octavio is currently a marine biologist at Scripps, and you can view more of his photography here. Thanks guys!
We're going to the COP to try and raise awareness about the role of the global oceans in a changing climate. Earth's oceans absorb both carbon dioxide and heat, helping to delay what would otherwise be more immediate negative effects of our fossil fuel emissions. They play a very important role.