1997 view of the Southern California Bight from the International Space Station. Image courtesy of NASA.

Ask an Expert: Briefing on the Sea Grant DDT+ Research Needs Assessment

Prioritizing research needs and immediate actions to mobilize collaborative deep ocean DDT+ research

By Kevin Travis

You’re invited to a virtual briefing in partnership with California Sea Grant and USC Sea Grant to discuss the recently released report, A Deep Ocean DDT+ Research Needs Assessment for the Southern California Bight. Jointly facilitated by both Sea Grant Programs, this community-driven assessment provides a research agenda for future investments and immediate actions to fill critical gaps in our knowledge about the nature, extent, fate, and impacts of deep ocean DDT+ pollution (i.e, DDT and associated compounds) in the Southern California Bight.

Join us for a Q&A with expert panelists:

Dr. Dave Valentine, UC Santa Barbara
Gabrielle Crowe, Ballona Wetlands Land Trust / Gabrielino-Shoshone Tribal Council
Dr. Pádraig Duignan, The Marine Mammal Center
Jenn Eckerle, Ocean Protection Council

Including Sea Grant Assessment Report Authors:

Dr. Amalia Almada, USC Sea Grant
Dr. Lian Guo, California Sea Grant

Missed the webinar? Watch it here.

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Presented in Partnership with California Assemblymember Josh Lowenthal

About the Report

The Assessment report highlights a community-driven adaptive framework to inform future investments in deep ocean DDT+ research. Sea Grant facilitated inclusive discussions between the academic community and various local, regional, and state entities to identify diverse perspectives on DDT+ research needs. A primary source of input for this Assessment report, alongside literature review and Community Listening Sessions, was Sea Grant’s 2022 California DDT+ Research Needs Workshop that broadly convened communities managing, studying, or directly affected by deep ocean DDT+ disposal in the Southern California Bight.

The Assessment Report outlines an extensive list of research needs; identification of high priority research needs; a proposed adaptive model of how research areas relate and build on one another; and a synthesis of those immediate actions necessary to effectively mobilize deep ocean DDT+ research in the Southern California Bight. Despite Southern California’s complicated history with DDT+, this Assessment highlights the opportunity for spearheading a new chapter driven by exceptionally collaborative, innovative, and efficient deep ocean DDT+ research.

To learn more about the Sea Grant’s Assessment report, visit Sea Grant’s Story Map.

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