Ocean Acidification Workshop invites remote viewers to weigh in on solutions

In light of continued efforts to understand the causes and implications of increased acidity in the world’s oceans, a group of marine-focused organizations will be convening in Anchorage next week to discuss ocean acidification.

The event will be held at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Anchorage, but the public is invited to view the entire workshop from their own computers. Registration is free, and can be quickly completed at “http://aoos.org”aoos.org/ocean-acidification-workshop/. The workshop will be held Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will also be a remote viewing at the Unalaska UAF campus, at Homer’s Cook Inletkeeper office, and at the public library in Craig. If you would like to host a remote viewing in your community, visit aoos.org to register.

The Ocean Acidification Workshop is jointly hosted by the Alaska Ocean Observing System, Alaska Sea Grant, the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Ocean Acidification Research Center.

These organizations aim to highlight the most recent research, community perspectives, policy implications, and potential coastal impacts of our oceans’ changing acidity.

Recent research has shown a more rapid increase in ocean acidification in Alaska compared to many other coastal zones around the globe. Many coastal communities in Alaska are particularly vulnerable to the possible effects of this shift in ocean climate, particularly in those where fisheries are the economic mainstay.

Discussion at this workshop will include current and potential monitoring systems and the upcoming expiration of state funding for certain monitoring projects — among many other economic, biological and community issues.

The Bristol Bay Times, 28 November 2014. Article.

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