urbanmarineecology.org is intended as a resource for interested citizens, city planners, architects, and others in coastal cities who want to learn about current research on urban marine ecosystems and sea level rise adaptation, and re-envision our relationship with the ocean and with marine ecosystems.
The majority of the world’s population now lives in coastal cities, which continue to grow rapidly. As a result of coastal development and urbanization, marine ecosystems are undergoing sudden and intense shifts that jeopardize their ability to provide important ecosystem services, such as pollution filtration and the provisioning of food and biofuels.
As climate change intensifies and continued exploitation of fossil fuels threatens coastal communities around the world, cities are serving as a testing bed both for the development of sea level rise adaptation strategies and for a suite of science and engineering innovations aimed at improving marine ecosystem health and enhancing marine ecosystem services.
Recent findings suggest that we can build coastal defenses that both protect communities from rising seas and secure marine resources for future generations that were an essential part of our past – 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 in 2012 by Eliza Heery (PhD), a marine ecologist studying marine urbanization, ocean change, and climate adaptation. She has conducted urban marine research in the US, Italy, Australia, and Singapore, where she presently resides and where she recently gave a TEDx talk (below). You can visit a list of Eliza’s publications here, see her CV here, or follow her on twitter here. Any and all questions are most welcome (contact link).