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Humans depend on the ocean to help stabilize the climate, provide food and support livelihoods.

The Stanford Woods Institute works to bring Stanford’s singular strengths to bear on solving ocean challenges ranging from ocean acidification to ensuring coastal communities are prepared for weather extremes fueled by climate change. Through the Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford researchers are bridging cutting-edge science and policy to build the data and cross-sector dialog required for critical resource management decisions. COS co-directors Fiorenza Micheli and Jim Leape are leveraging the expertise of Stanford’s seven schools to address the urgent challenge of sustaining ocean health in the face of a rapidly changing climate and, in particular, to harness innovations of the “data revolution” to help the world meet those challenges.