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Rigs to Reefs: Exploring the Future of Offshore Oil and Gas Development

Amber Jackson, MAS, and Emily Callahan, MAS

There comes a time when the useful life of an oil platform ends, at least for the purpose of drilling for oil. In California there are 27 oil and gas platforms off the coast that have become massive reefs, and a recent study published by the National Academy of Sciences has concluded that “the oil and gas platforms off California are among the most productive habitats globally.” As the world’s natural reefs are overfished, over-trawled, and polluted, this lecture presents the concept of repurposing these structures as artificial reefs.

Instructor: Amber Jackson, MAS, and Emily Callahan, MAS, are co-founders of the environmental group Blue Latitudes. They are marine scientists who graduated from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Blue Latitudes is on a mission to repurpose offshore oil and gas platforms as artificial reefs around the world.

Coordinator: Steve Jenner

Course Number: OSHR-70112   Credit: 0 units


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Dates Class Type Section ID Fee
07/20/2017 In-class 125127 $0.00  

Day and Time: Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla