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Speech and Environmental Science Learning Community

This guide will provide research and resources to support students enrolled in EVR 1001 and SPC 2608 learning community.

Marine & Coastal Systems

Marine and coastal systems play a crucial role in mitigating climate change by absorbing and storing vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thereby helping to regulate the global climate. Coastal ecosystems like mangroves, seagrasses, and salt marshes act as carbon sinks and provide a buffer against sea-level rise and extreme weather events, enhancing coastal resilience. Additionally, healthy oceans support the functioning of the global carbon cycle, influencing weather patterns and overall climatic stability.


Listen While You Learn

Stream these podcast episodes online in your browser or on your mobile device through the following apps: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify. Use the Listen Notes Podcast Search Engine to find additional podcast episodes about your topic. 

Marine and Coastal Systems Podcasts

In this episode on the global pollution crisis of marine debris, Joan Bondareff and Martha McCoy discuss the scope, sources, and impacts of the marine debris problem and measures to address it. The episode covers ongoing and emerging federal, nonprofit, community, and international action to prevent and respond to marine debris, as well as recent and proposed legislation addressing plastic pollution and marine debris.

In this week's episode, Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to Dr. Jean-Pierre Deforges about the accumulation of ocean pollution and the health effects they have on marine mammals.

Charles Goddard, editorial director at Economist Impact speaks to Pascal Lamy, president of the Paris Peace Forum, and Naoko Ishii, director at the Centre for the Global Commons at University of Tokyo, about marine chemical pollution in a broader context. Is chemical pollution a key anthropogenic challenge on a par with climate change and biodiversity loss? Why do we need to include chemical pollution as a broad set of global environmental challenges? Are we already at a tipping point?

Today’s oceans are a tumult of engine roar, artificial sonar and seismic blasts that make it impossible for marine creatures to hunt or communicate. We could make it stop, so why don’t we?

How do contaminants such as microplastics impact marine ecosystems? What can we do to mitigate the harmful effects of these pollutants? In this episode, we discuss these questions through the lens of aquatic toxicology and analytical chemistry with Austin Gray.

In this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, co-hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham delve into the state of coastal management in Hawaii. Joining them is the esteemed Dr. Charles "Chip" Fletcher, Interim Dean of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. With his extensive research and expertise in Climate Change, Coastal Community Resiliency, and Natural Coastal Systems, Chip sheds light on the pressing issues facing Hawaii's coastal zones. From sea level rise impacts to shoreline hardening, this episode uncovers the complexities and challenges of managing the Hawaiian coastline. Don't miss this enlightening conversation that combines scientific insight with the beauty of Hawaii's shores.

Research Database

Use this library database to search for research articles about your topic. See below for featured articles to get started on learning more about your topic. 

Find full-text articles in: Applied Science & Technology Source, General Science Full Text, and GreenFILE.

Marine and Coastal Systems Books