urbanmarineecology.org is a resource for interested citizens, city planners, architects, and others in coastal cities who want to re-envision our relationship with the ocean and with marine ecosystems.
The majority of the world’s population now lives in coastal cities. Coastal development is rapidly impacting marine ecosystems and the “services” that marine ecosystems provide, such as food provisioning and pollution filtration.
As climate change intensifies, and the rewards of continued exploitation of fossil fuels further strengthen the wealthy while threatening the lives and well-being of everyone else, CITIES may be the remaining place to level the playing field.
With collective action, we CAN build sufficient coastal protection to ensure that urban areas are safe from rising seas.
Moreover, we can build these protections based on current science and traditional knowledge, so that subsequent generations have access to exploitable marine resources long forgotten – oyster reefs, local fisheries, edible seaweeds.
urbanmarineecology.org aims to support this end, by providing resources and ideas to scientists and designers alike. It was formed by Eliza Heery in 2012, during her PhD studies at the University of Washington. She has since pursued research in Italy, Australia, and Singapore, published widely in the scientific literature, and worked diligently to bridge the gap between science and sea level rise adaptation strategies that prioritize socio-economic and cultural interests.
Any and all questions are most welcome (contact link).