Plenary 2: a story of OA research in South Africa (text & video)

OA Week 2021, Plenary Session 2 – GOA-ON Goal #2 – Improve our understanding of ecosystem response to OA

Dr. Carla Edworthy, Postdoctoral Researcher, The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, South Africa


Ocean acidification monitoring is still limited in South Africa, especially in our unique, productive and dynamic coastal areas. My talk will be a story of my journey with ocean acidification research in South Africa. I will discuss how we started our research on OA, how we progressed, how we made use of our opportunities and how we overcame several limitations. The talk will focus on our monitoring efforts and how we developed best practice methods for designing a simple and appropriate strategy for monitoring OA in an understudied region. I will also discuss how this information serves to assess the ecosystem effects of OA in South Africa, on coastal species and resources relevant to people. I will also add some thoughts for future research.

Ocean Acidification Week 2021 was sponsored by the following organizations:

(1) GOA-ON, the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network,

(2) NOAA, the United States National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration,

(3) IAEA OA-ICC, the International Atomic Energy Agency – Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre, and

(4) IOC-UNESCO – the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

For more information, please visit

GOA-ON, YouTube, 24 September 2021. Text and video.

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