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Training on ocean acidification and first biological experiments in Costa Rica

pic 1PhD candidate Celeste Sánchez Noguera from the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (CIMAR) at the University of Costa Rica and Dr. Sam Dupont from the University of Gothenburg met for the first time in Tasmania in May 2016 at the 4th Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World and the 3d Science meeting of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON). Ms Sánchez Noguera also participated in the training course on ocean acidification organized by the IAEA OA-ICC, the Centro de Investigación Científica y De Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE) and the University of Baja California (UABC) in Ensenada, Mexico, in September 2016. She then joined Dr. Dupont’s team in Kristineberg, Sweden, for one month in summer 2017 to work on an experiment aiming at evaluating ocean acidification tipping points on invertebrate larvae.

Since then, they have been exploring opportunities to develop ocean acidification work in Costa Rica. This was recently initiated through a SCOR visiting scholar grant allowing Dr. Dupont to visit Costa Rica for 2 weeks in November 2017 and with the support of CIMAR, the organization of a training on best practices in ocean acidification. They also built an experimental set-up allowing to manipulate the carbonate chemistry in a replicated aquarium system and they tested the impact on larval stages of invertebrates.

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Surface ocean CO2 atlas (GOOS webinar)

Dr Dorothee Bakker, University of East Anglia (UEA) and Dr Kim Currie, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

Wednesday 15 November, 18:00 GMT/UTC

The Surface Ocean CO₂Atlas (SOCAT) is a synthesis activity for quality-controlled, surface ocean fCO₂(fugacity of carbon dioxide) observations by the international marine carbon research community (>100 contributors). SOCAT data is publicly available, discoverable and citable. SOCAT enables quantification of the ocean carbon sink and ocean acidification and evaluation of ocean biogeochemical models. SOCAT, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017, represents a milestone in biogeochemical and climate research and in informing policy. SOCAT data are released in versions. Each succeeding version contains new data sets as well as updates of older ones. The first version of SOCAT was released in 2011, the second and third version followed biennially. Automation allowed annual public releases since version 4. The latest SOCAT version (version 5) has 21.5 million observations from 1957 to 2017 for the global oceans and coastal seas. Calibrated sensor data are also available. SOCAT version 6 will be released in summer 2018. Data submissions for this next SOCAT version are very welcome, and the submission deadline is on the 15th of January 2018.


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Understanding ocean acidification using NOAAs new educational tools (webinar)

Description:  Tuesday 13 March 2018, 6pm – 7pm

Speaker: Amy Dean, National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Abstract: Data in the Classroom ( is designed to help teachers and students use real scientific data to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional and global scale.

Workshop: “Deep Dive into Ocean Acidification”, 21 September 2017, San Francisco

First part of the Local Climate Science & Education Series by BayCLIC

Date: Thursday, 21 September 2017, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Doors open at 12:30 PM

For: Formal and informal educators (all ages); Researchers

Cost: Free- light refreshments provided

Take a “deep dive into ocean acidification” in the first workshop of the BayCLIC Local Climate Science & Education Series at Fort Mason, San Francisco. The series brings the Bay Area’s science and education communities together to explore local climate research, program-specific applications, and place-based solutions. The workshop on ocean acidification is an opportunity for educators to receive the most up-to-date information directly from researchers and for scientists to practice best communication skills that can aid future educational collaborations.

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SOLAS event report – OA training and networking events in Africa

“Ocean Acidification -Training and Community Networking: Pathways to Success”, 13 – 16 February, 2017, Dakar, Senegal (Marie Boye, University of Pierre and Marie Curie, France)

The Ocean Acidification – Senegal practical training and networking meeting (OA-Senegal) took place for the first time in West Africa at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal. The OA-Senegal events were organized by Future Earth Coasts with the support of the following organizations, represented by attendees: the oil & gas company Kosmos Energy, SOLAS, the Center for Marine and Renewable Energy, the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Center, and the Institut de Recherche pour le Dévelopment; to name a few. The OA-Senegal events were attended by fifteen participants originating from Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo. Overall, six lecturers coming from France, Sweden, Spain, South Africa, and the United States, guided the participants through the events. Lectures and discussions covered a general introduction to oceanic conditions off the West African coast, the goal and urgency to study ocean acidification, as well as the chemistry involved in the acidification and its impacts on marine biodiversity. In addition, presentations were given regarding measurement techniques of ocean acidification, design of relevant acidification manipulation experiments, and research in the field and in the laboratory. (…)

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Un viaje a Suecia para hablar sobre fiordos y acidificación oceánica (in Spanish)

24 horas de viaje, cuatro aviones y tres buses después (sí, la huella de carbono es enorme… pero dejemos este tema para un próximo blog) una tica pone un pie a orillas del Fiordo Gullmar. Este valle tallado durante la glaciación cuaternaria e inundado por el mar se ubica en antiguas tierras vikingas al suroeste de Suecia, su nombre significa “Mar de Dios” en nórdico antiguo.

La alta diversidad marina que alberga el fiordo ha sido objeto de estudio por aproximadamente dos siglos, razón suficiente para que se convirtiera en la primer área de conservación marina sueca. Rodeada por esta naturaleza de paisajes nórdicos se fundó en 1877 la estación de investigación marina Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure – Kristineberg, una de las más antiguas en el mundo y el escenario central de este relato que comienza de la siguiente manera.

Oficial de migración: “¿Cuál es el motivo de su viaje a la península Escandinava?”

Yo: “Una estancia de investigación”

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Call for applications: “Practical Training Courses on Ocean Acidification”, October – November 2017, Suva, Fiji

Course I (30 October – 3 November): Introduction to Ocean Acidification Monitoring and Research 

Course II (6 November – 10 November): Applied Ocean Acidification Monitoring and Research Techniques 

Host institute: University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji


These courses are part of a broad effort by The Ocean Foundation, through its International Ocean Acidification Initiative, to expand the capacity of scientists and resource managers around the world to monitor, understand, and respond to ocean acidification in their region. The Ocean Foundation’s work is supported by the partners listed above and is coordinated closely with the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON). We invite interested participants to apply for one or both courses described here.

The courses advertised here are meant for those who have the skills and interest in implementing monitoring programs. Though we have specified educational and occupational requirements for participants, our primary goal is to ensure that stakeholders from the Pacific Islands have access to information about how ocean acidification might affect them locally. Therefore, if you do not meet the educational or occupational requirements listed for the courses below, please contact Alexis Valauri-Orton at to discuss how you might be able to participate.

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