The NECAN story – Linking Ocean and Coastal Acidification science to managers, policymakers, and coastal communities in the northeast United States and Canadian Maritimes (video)

This webinar was organized by SOCAN on 30 June 2015. SOCAN is hosting a state-of-the-science webinar series on ocean acidification. The series will lay a foundation for the state of ocean acidification science in the Southeast region. These webinars are intended to create a dialogue among key stakeholders to identify what is known, what isn’t, and what research in other locales can be applied to better understand ocean acidification and its impacts in the Southeast US.

Presented by: J. Ruairidh Morrison, Northeast Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observation Systems; Todd Capson; Mel Cote, U.S. EPA; Dwight Gledhill, U.S. NOAA Ocean Acidification Program; Matt Liebman, U.S. EPA; Bill Mook, Mook Sea Farms; Joe Salisbury, University of New Hampshire; Esperanza Stancioff, University of Maine Sea Grant Extension; Cassie Stymiest, Northeast Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observation Systems; Helmuth Thomas, Dalhousie University; Elizabeth Turner, U.S. NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science.

Public awareness and concern about Ocean Acidification (OA) is growing at the same time as the science is still maturing. In addition to the trend in global OA, near-coastal areas experience Coastal Acidification that is highly dependent on factors such as freshwater and nutrient delivery which are beyond the general increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide, but may be influenced by other human use and climate trends. Addressing these interacting stresses, their influences on Ocean and Coastal Acidification (OCA), and impacts to coastal resources is complex and challenging, both due to the relative paucity of OCA studies and communication gaps between scientists and stakeholders. The Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN) is a cross border collaboration of scientists, agency representatives, industry and non-governmental organizations that seeks to provide relevant information about OCA to stakeholders in the Canadian Maritimes, Gulf of Maine and Long Island Sound. Efforts to date include a webinar series, state-of-the-science meeting and publications, web-based translation materials and face-to-face interactive stakeholder engagement workshops. The ultimate goal is to develop a regional implementation plan that will outline the information needed by stakeholders, including managers, policymakers, and industry, as well as the required observations, research, and communication mechanisms. This presentation will review these approaches, where we are to date, and the work that remains.

More information on the SOCAN webinars series.

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