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The ocean is changing. Sea level is rising and currents are weakening. Seawater is getting warmer and more acidic. The impacts are being felt worldwide. In Florida, residential homes, historic properties, and municipal infrastructure (such as roads and drinking water supplies) are at risk from sea level rise. Coral reefs have experienced bleaching and fish stocks have shifted due to warmer water. Local and state governments are already preparing to cope with the changes that are coming, but more needs to be done. Currently, the federal government is not proactively or comprehensively addressing these changes. Citizens who will be impacted directly or indirectly can have an impact by raising their concerns to key decision-makers.
Dr. Sandra Whitehouse is a consultant who uses her marine science expertise to advise clients on ocean policies focused on how to advance ocean health and sustainably develop coastal and offshore projects. Her clients have included governments, companies and nonprofit organizations. Currently she serves as the Chief Scientific Officer for AltaSea, the Senior Policy Advisor to Ocean Conservancy and as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. She is on the board of The National Center for Science Education. Dr. Whitehouse holds a B.S. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island.