Japan Society/OIST Foundation Webinar to Focus on Marine Life in Okinawa

Climate Change & the Blue Economy: Diving into Okinawa’s Waters

Tuesday, February 1 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Online via YouTube

Admission: Free

Oceans cover more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface and are vital to the world economy. The ocean economy is estimated at $2.5 trillion in goods and services annually—equivalent to five percent of global GDP—and is the seventh largest economy in the world. However, increasing greenhouse gas emissions from human activities have had a significant impact, resulting in the decline of marine life and the increase of extreme weather events.

How is climate change posing a threat to the world’s oceans? What are the promises of a blue economy? Japan Society hosts this webinar, in which speakers will discuss how climate change is affecting marine life, with a particular focus on Okinawa’s waters, and the importance of transitioning to a sustainable ocean economy.

©Keishu Asada (OIST)


Timothy Ravasi, Professor of Marine Science and Principal Investigator, Marine Climate Change Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

Charlotte de Fontaubert, Global Lead for the Blue Economy, World Bank


Robert B. Dunbar, W.M. Keck Professor at the School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

A Q&A session will follow the discussion.

Program Details

This event is free, but advance registration required. Japan Society will live stream the program through YouTube and send registrants the viewing link by email. Participants may submit questions through YouTube during the live stream.

To register, please visit Japan Society’s website.

This program is part of the U.S.-Japan Dialogue: Leveraging S&T toward Sustainability and Resiliency program and is made possible by a generous grant from the Toshiba International Foundation. Japan Society and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Foundation are co-organizers.

Featured Image: © Keishu Asada (OIST)