The Ocean Foundation presents a free online course: ocean acidification in the Pacific Islands

Date: 21 February – 10 April 2022

Registration: There is no cost to attend the online training. For more information and a link to register, please visit:

Overview: Ocean acidification – the unprecedented decline in the ocean’s pH as a result of carbon dioxide emissions – poses significant threats to ecosystems and economies in Pacific Island Countries and Territories. This training course, held remotely via the Ocean Teacher Global Academy’s Ocean Acidification course, will bring together scientists and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the chemistry and effects of ocean acidification on the region. While the first few lessons are designed to introduce participants to the topic of ocean acidification, even attendees familiar with this issue will take away additional information from expert lecturers on chemistry, biology, and actions to address ocean acidification. Live discussion sections via Zoom will allow participants to ask any questions, exchange ideas, develop their own research plan, and build a network with other participants throughout the Pacific Islands. Participants should finish the course with a comprehensive understanding of the implications for ocean acidification and knowledge of how they can contribute to addressing ocean acidification in their own line of work.

Course Topics:

  • Introduction to ocean acidification
  • The ocean carbonate system
  • Data quality and management
  • SDG 14.3.1 Indicator Methodology
  • Laboratory experiments for ocean acidification
  • Chemical observations in the field
  • Biological observations in the field

Intended Participants (from Pacific Island Countries and Territories): Scientists of all career stages and fields, particularly biology and chemistry; governmental representatives with an environmental portfolio; others who want to address ocean acidification


  • The Pacific Community (SPC), Fiji
  • University of the South Pacific (USP), Fiji
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA
  • Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
  • University of Otago, New Zealand
  • National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
  • University of Hawaii, USA

The Ocean Foundation, 27 January 2022. More information.

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