Confronting ocean acidification: options for management and policy

Friday, February 19, 2010: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Room 17A (San Diego Convention Center)

This symposium moves beyond scientific findings to highlight current measures and recommend additional actions to advance the management of ocean resources in the face of ocean acidification. A major challenge facing both the scientific and policy communities is how to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide. Among the potential effects of increased carbon dioxide emissions is its uptake by the oceans and the resultant decrease in seawater pH, a process known as ocean acidification. Scientists are only beginning to investigate this process; however, the potential effects of ocean acidification point to many environmental and socioeconomic consequences. These impacts, along with other effects of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, are already influencing decisions by federal and state agencies regarding fisheries management, ecosystem restoration, coral reef protection, protected species management, and other living marine resource management.


Organizer: Susan Park, National Research Council
Co-Organizer: Victoria J. Fabry, California State University
Moderator: Susan Park, National Research Council
Speakers:
Victoria J. Fabry, California State University
Synopsis of the Ocean Acidification Report by the U.S. National Research Council
Richard A. Feely, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
An Ocean Acidification Observational Network
Edward L. Miles, University of Washington
Ocean Acidification Policy Issues: Thresholds and Tipping Points

AAAS, 2010 Annual Meeting, 18-22 February, Web site.

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