Our changing oceans symposia: Emerging plans for ocean acidification action at national and regional scales: Goverment, industry, foundations and NGOs

Coordinator: John Guinotte, Marine Conservation Biology Institute and Ed Miles, University of Washington

1.Ned Cyr, NOAA
2.Sven Huesby, Educational Foundation of America


Some degree of ocean acidification is projected to continue for decades to centuries even under the most optimistic emissions-reduction scenarios, because the atmosphere already contains gigatons of anthropogenic CO2 that will gradually equilibrate into the oceans. Rapid action to curtail emissions can greatly limit CO2-driven impacts on the ocean. However, some resource managers and users are already experiencing conditions that are forecast to become more prevalent in the future ocean. This outlook has prompted efforts to develop coordinated plans for monitoring, research and adaptation/harm reduction. Monitoring efforts increasingly focus on quantifying changes in marine ecosystems and marine chemistry at spatial resolutions that can support resource-management decisions. Research focuses increasingly on biological responses to increasing CO2 and related chemical changes. Adaptive strategies concentrate on avoiding or minimizing negative impacts of ocean acidification.

This session will provide an overview of strategies currently being developed or underway to address ocean acidification at national and regional scales by government, industry (fishing and aquaculture), and the philanthropic sector. The session will begin with three speakers providing an overview of these strategies and will conclude with an open forum discussion of the plans and potential for collaboration among groups engaging on the ocean acidification problem.

Our changing oceans, NSCE 11th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment meeting web site.

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