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Call for applications: 2019 course on a suite of biogeochemical sensors

Application deadline: 1 February 2019

Building on the success of the 2015 training course, IOCCP and EU BONUS INTEGRAL Project (Integrated carboN and TracE Gas monitoRing for the bALtic sea) are now organizing a 10-day international training course on “Instrumenting our ocean for better observation:a training course on a suite of biogeochemical sensors.” The course will be held on June 10-19, 2019 at the Sven Lovén Center for Marine Sciences, in Kristineberg, Sweden. This course responds to the growing demand of the global ocean observing system and the marine biogeochemistry community for expanding the correct usage and generation of information from a suite of autonomous biogeochemical sensors.

The goal of the course is to train the new generation of marine biogeochemists in the use of a suite of biogeochemical sensors and to assure the best possible quality of the data produced. The workshop will be limited to a total of 28 participants at a PhD / early postdoc level selected through a competitive process at the discretion of the organizers.

This intensive training course will provide trainees with lectures and hands-on field and laboratory experience with sensors (deployment, interfacing, troubleshooting and calibration), will provide in-depth knowledge on data reduction and quality control as well as data management. This course will also provide an overview on the use of remote sensing, modelling and intelligent data extrapolation techniques.

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PERSGA Member States trained on ocean acidification in Aqaba


Credit: PERSGA

A group of 26 participants representing 7 Member States (Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen) of the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA), had the opportunity to attend a 5-day introductory course on ocean acidification in Aqaba, Jordan from 30 September to 4 October 2018. This regional workshop was organized by PERSGA in partnership with the IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC), The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) and the Marine Science Station (MSS)/University of Jordan and Yarmouk University.

The workshop sought to give participants entering the field of ocean acidification a solid overview of the topic, from the underlying chemistry to its impacts on marine organisms and ecosystems. It introduced methods used to monitor ocean acidification in the field, as well as approaches to assess the risk to marine life using lab experiments. An international group of experts shared their expertise in ocean acidification research through lectures and practical demonstrations.

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Application open: short course on stable isotope application for studies of ocean acidification (in spanish)

Los isótopos estables pueden integrar procesos ecológicos y biogeoquímicos tanto en el espacio y el tiempo. Los isótopos de carbono pueden rastrear el origen y movimiento de elementos y sustancias clave, debido a los fraccionamientos isotópicos asociados con reacciones físicas/biológicas. La química del carbonato es altamente variable tanto en el espacio como en el tiempo en el dominio costero a lo largo de muchas regiones de interfaz tierra-océano en todo el mundo. La escorrentía de los ríos, la surgencia costera, la respiración de la materia orgánica, todos constituyen fuentes importantes que podrían afectar el pool del carbono inorgánico disuelto (DIC) en el océano. Las herramientas isotópicas podrían ser, por lo tanto, útiles para identificar la contribución
de diferentes fuentes de DIC que impulsan cambios en el sistema de carbonato a lo largo de los ríos y en la zona costera adyacente. A través del análisis de isótopos estables en estructuras calcáreas (CaCO3), podemos también determinar la contribución relativa de estas diferentes fuentes de carbono en su construcción. Todas estas aplicaciones son muy útiles cuando se trata de comprender la ruta del carbono y el fraccionamiento en condiciones de Acidificación de los Océanos (AO) impulsadas por el incremento en pCO2. Durante este curso, discutiremos las bases teóricas de los isótopos estables y el sistema de carbonato en el océano, y revisaremos algunas de las formas en que se
utilizan los isótopos estables en la química del carbono y en los estudios de AO, en base a diferentes casos de estudio, así como los métodos de colecta y preservación de dichas muestras para su análisis.

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Webinar: managing global acidification on a regional scale: how the US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coastal acidification networks (MACAN and NECAN) are working to understand impacts through partnerships

Time: Oct 2, 2018 1:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Description: The chemistry of the ocean is changing. Carbon dioxide released through emissions and deforestation is absorbed and dissolved into the ocean. The regional Coastal Acidification Networks of the US Northeast and Mid-Atlantic (NECAN and MACAN) are consortiums of scientists, marine industry, and resource managers with a central goal of sharing information to better understand the impacts of acidification to appropriately manage and adapt to these conditions. Coordinators for NECAN and MACAN will discuss how these regional efforts work towards identifying and pursuing opportunities to understand coastal and ocean acidification in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, building upon the skills and interests of individual members and providing a forum to share best practices in monitoring, sampling collection, and researching effects to collectively meet the challenges of our changing coastal and ocean waters.

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‘Advanced training on the application of nuclear and isotopic techniques in ocean acidification research’, Kuwait City, 18-29 November 2018

In the framework of the IAEA Technical Cooperation project INT7019 “Supporting a Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network – towards Increased Involvement of Developing States” a two week training event will be organized in the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research from 18-29 November 2018 in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

The aim of this training is to provide the knowledge required to design and perform a laboratory experiment in order to study impacts of ocean acidification on selected marine organisms and the use of radiotracers to assess the effect of ocean acidification on physiological processes and contaminant transport. The training format (2-week fellowship) will allow the time necessary to obtain a good understanding of experimental design applied to ocean acidification research, as well as nuclear and non-nuclear techniques used in ocean acidification laboratory experiments. A joint experiment will be performed during the training with the objective of publishing the results in an international scientific journal.

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Request for proposals: workshop host for ocean acidification science and policy training in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Ocean Acidification Monitoring and Mitigation project (OAMM) is a public-private partnership between TOF’s International Ocean Acidification Initiative (IOAI) and the U.S. Department of State. OAMM engages government, civil society, and private stakeholders on building capacity of scientists in the Pacific Islands and Latin America and the Caribbean to monitor, understand, and respond to ocean acidification. This is done through regional training workshops, development and delivery of affordable monitoring equipment, and provision of long-term mentorship. The scientific data produced from this initiative can ultimately be used to inform national coastal adaptation and mitigation strategies, while promoting international scientific collaboration through the development of regional monitoring networks.

Proposal Request Synopsis
The Ocean Foundation (TOF) is seeking a workshop host for a training on ocean acidification science and policy. Primary venue needs include a lecture hall that accommodates up to 100 people, additional meeting space, and a lab that can accommodate up to 30 people. The workshop will consist of two sessions that will span across two weeks and will occur in the Latin America and Caribbean region in the second half of January 2019. Proposals must be submitted no later than July 31st, 2018.

The Ocean Foundation, 5 July 2018. More information.

Practical ocean acidification training course in Sweden

A capacity building summer course supported by an IAEA inter-regional Technical Cooperation Meeting (INT7019) and the OA-ICC was held from
4-22 June 2018 at the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure, Kristineberg, Fiskebäckskil (University of Gothenburg) in Sweden.
The advanced training was led by Dr. Sam Dupont, and included 15 participants from 15 different countries. The course was designed to give trainees some choice over which subjects they would like to focus on, and included conducting several biological experiments, proper water sampling, field work, carbonate chemistry analyses, and lectures. By having a longer and more intensive course, participants had the opportunity to network as well as troubleshoot any issues that arose in the laboratory. As an outcome of the course, the trainees will collaborate to write and publish a paper together. The design of this capacity building effort provides a tangible outcome for the course’s participants and provides a concrete contribution to global understanding of biological ocean acidification impacts. Support for one participant was also provided from The Ocean Foundation.

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