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An investigation into ocean acidification

This directed case study covers fundamental information about ocean acidification using relevant examples from general science news articles as well as data excerpted from scientific research. It was developed for general environmental science classes and beginning science majors in college; however, it could also be used in high school classes. The case is divided into three sections, each with a different focus. Part I introduces the topic of ocean acidification and provides an overview of ocean chemistry and the pH scale. Part II presents carbon dioxide emissions and pH data for students to analyze. The data include historical estimations since the Industrial Revolution as well as recent emission projections from the past few decades. Part III examines the effects of ocean acidification on the shell of a marine snail, the sea butterfly (Limacina helicina). The case concludes with a broader consideration of the potential biological implications for other marine organisms and the environment in general.

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NetLogo – modeling effects of ocean acidification on fish (modeling learning activity)

Before you begin…

  • Ensure you have a strong understanding of systems and models by reading the background information page, if you haven’t yet.
  • You will need a pencil and paper as you work through this activity. You have the option of printing this webpage or recording your findings in a notebook.

Background: Ocean acidification and its impacts

As the issue of ocean acidification came to light, many scientists began to research what the result of more acidic oceans might be. We now know, for example, that lower pH caused by carbon dioxide makes it harder for shelled organisms to build shells, negatively affects the nervous systems of some fish, and can stimulate growth of aquatic plants. It turns out that elevated levels of CO2 also affect small reef fish. In a comprehensive article Munday et al. describe the “dramatic effect” of both elevated carbon dioxide concentrations and rising temperatures on “a wide range of behaviors and sensory responses” in various tropical fishes.

We’re going to use a specific study by Munday et al., “Replenishment of fish populations is threatened by ocean acidification” (PNAS, 2010) to build a model of how ocean acidification could affect clownfish-predator interactions.

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Ocean Acidification – Camp TV (video)

You can help save the planet by walking somewhere or riding your bike because you are not burning fossil fuels in a gas-powered vehicle. Fossil fuel emissions are hurting our planet as part of climate change. Learn through an experiment with Save The Bay in Narragansett, RI how these practices cause ocean acidification, harming our oceans’ plants and animals, and how to help.

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Webinar: understanding ocean acidification: using NOAA’s new educational tools

Date/Time: Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM CDT

Details:
Understanding Ocean Acidification: Using NOAA’s New Educational Tools

Rafael DeAmeller, NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab Leader

Data in the Classroom is designed to help teachers and students use real scientific NOAA data to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional and global scale. The interactive module provides authentic research questions and scaled data interactions that give students the opportunity to explore this question (and more). In this presentation, participants will dive deep into Data in the Classroom’s Ocean Acidification Module to explore the processes that cause acidification, examine data from across the globe and take a virtual tour of the new web-based curricular modules and data tools.

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Carbonated water: teaching climate change and ocean acidification

Date And Time
Tue, Aug 11, 2020, 9:00 AM – Thu, Aug 13, 2020, 3:00 PM PDT

Location
Padilla Bay NERR, Ω0441 Bay View-Edison RD, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273 USA

Description
A Professional Development workshop for Middle and High School Teachers
Tuesday, August 11, 9:00-11:30 and 1:00-3:00 and Thursday, August 13, 9:00-11:30 and 1:00-3:00. This is an interactive, online class using Zoom.

Participants in this workshop will:
• Gain knowledge of climate change and ocean acidification in the Pacific Northwest
• Explore sources of local environmental data and work towards incorporating data into inquiry-based science learning experiences;
• Receive materials and activities included in the Ocean Sciences Sequence (OSS) curriculum on Climate Change developed by UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science

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Understanding ocean acidification: using NOAA’s new educational tools

Date: August 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Description: Data in the Classroom is designed to help teachers and students use real scientific NOAA data to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional and global scale. The interactive module provides authentic research questions and scaled data interactions that give students the opportunity to explore this question (and more). In this presentation, participants will dive deep into Data in the Classroom’s Ocean Acidification Module to explore the processes that cause acidification, examine data from across the globe and take a virtual tour of the new web-based curricular modules and data tools.

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Online: Teaching climate change & ocean acidification

Time: June 24 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Pacific Time

Description: An Online Professional Development Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers, offered by Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Participants in this workshop will:
• Gain knowledge of climate change and ocean acidification in the Pacific Northwest
• Explore sources of local environmental data and work towards incorporating data into inquiry-based science learning experiences;
• Receive materials and activities included in the Ocean Sciences Sequence (OSS) curriculum on Climate Change developed by UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science
• Become familiar with and utilize Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to foster “three dimensional” learning through Cross Cutting Concepts, Core Disciplinary Ideas, and Science and Engineering Practices.

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Webinar: On a scale of 0-14, how familiar are you with the ocean acidification pHacts?!

Date and Time: Thursday, March 19th, 2pm EDT (11am PDT)

Description: When you hear the term ocean acidification, what does it actually mean? How is coastal acidification different from ocean acidification? This talk will give an introduction into the chemistry, causes, and processes going on in our marine waters causing an increase in acidity. We’ll also debunk some myths, learn about recent scientific findings, and give an outlook into what the future may hold for the ocean’s pH. Finally, we’ll look at the big picture of what this all could mean for the ocean’s ecosystems.

In the second half of this presentation, participants will learn how to use NOAA’s new Data in the Classroom module to explore the science behind ocean and coastal acidification. Can ocean conditions can support the growth and survival of marine life, both now and in the future? The interactive module provides authentic research questions and scaled data interactions that give students the opportunity to explore this question (and more).

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Climate science for the classroom: ocean acidification and oysters

This module provides a hands-on learning activity where students analyze real-world data to explain how ocean acidification is affecting the oyster aquaculture industry in the Pacific Northwest. Students learn how seawater chemistry affects organisms’ ability to build shells, as well as how short-term variability and long-term changes influence seawater chemistry. The module is designed so that it can be used as an extension to supplement existing ocean acidification teaching resources or as a stand-alone unit for students with no prior exposure to ocean acidification. The module is focused around the question of what is controlling the ability to successfully raise oyster larvae at the Whiskey Creek Hatchery in Netarts Bay, Oregon, which students investigate through guided analysis of real scientific data using Microsoft Excel.

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Webinar for educators: Ocean acidification – changing waters in the Pacific Northwest

Date And Time: Thu, February 13, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST

Description: Ocean acidification (OA) refers to the change in ocean chemistry caused by increasing concentrations of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. In this free one-hour webinar, educators will learn about the problem of OA, hear from NOAA researchers about how OA is impacting crabs and other species in the Pacific Northwest, and discover how Oregon is responding to OA. We’ll also share a new OA high school curriculum, and have time for questions.

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