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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.

Call for applications: scientific diving summer school in the Aeolian Archipelago, Italy 19-27 September 2018

Deadline for applications: 2 July 2018!

The school of Panarea is open to students, graduates, specialists, PhD and post-doctoral students in scientific disciplines and professionals engaged in study and management of the land/sea.

Topics will cover the geological characteristics of this unique active volcanic area, its bioligical components adapted to natural ocean acidification in the local vent systems, and hydrothermal fluid characterization.

Participants will be trained in multi-parameter monitoring techniques and definition of experimental protocols for the sampling and study of the planktonic and benthic ecosystem, with special focus on assessing effects of climate change and ocean acidification in organisms, communities and habitat.

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Call for applications: 2018 Galapagos ocean acidification school

When and where? 19-28 August 2018, Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador

Deadline to apply: 4 June 2018


Here we aim to use natural CO gradients around Roca Redonda to conduct in situ
observations using a wide range of techniques for long-term capacity building
(chemistry, biology, geology, etc) and data col lection. In order to achieve this, we
propose the realization of an advance training course, using natural CO seeps as
experimental units, to be held on the Galapagos Island at the Charles Darwin
Research Station facilities in Galapagos.


During this course, participants will be trained in different aspects of OA research such as:
• Standard measurements for carbon system parameters, including analytical chemistry techniques.
• The use of stable isotopes as a major tool in food web analysis in the framework of OA research.
• In-situ sample collection in a CO2 vent for chemical and biological analysis.
• The study of benthic community structure under the influence of high CO2 conditions.

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