Acidity on the half shell: Ocean acidification Town Hall


What: Explore ocean acidification and its implications for local communities

When: February 17th, 7:00 p.m.

Where: Room A120, David Turpin Building, University of Victoria

Free and open to the public.

Panelists: Doug Wallace, MEOPAR; Jan Newton, University of Washington; Kenneth Denman, University of Victoria; Jean-Pierre Gattuso, CNRS, France; Moderator: Kate Moran, ONC

The Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) is hosting a town hall at the University of Victoria to launch its Ocean Acidification Expert Forum. As carbon dioxide levels in the earth’s atmosphere continue to rise as a result of our burning of fossil fuels, the water in our oceans is becoming more acidic. The results can be devastating for farmed shellfish, which rely on a certain chemical makeup in the water to build and maintain their shells.

Join University of Victoria oceanographer Kenneth Denman, MEOPAR’s Doug Wallace, a pioneering researcher of the ocean carbon system; the University of Washington’s Jan Newton, with expertise in acidification conditions along the coast; and CNRS’ Jean Pierre Gattuso, who has set up an international coordination centre for ocean acidification research efforts, for a discussion moderated by Ocean Network Canada’s Kate Moran.

This public talk kicks off an Ocean Acidification Expert Forum, Feb. 18-19 in Victoria. Many research projects focus on ocean acidification in Canada, ranging from chemistry to biology, modelling, socio-economic impacts and policy. However, there is no national coordinated effort for ocean acidification. Researchers from across the country will converge to begin a coordinated approach for Canada and will address the future issues of ocean acidification in our waters.

MEOPAR Town Hall Meeting.

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