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Training video: Ocean carbon crisis

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Ocean acidification activity book developed for educators and students

Researchers from Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have created an activity book aimed at helping elementary school and early middle school students, in particular 4th-6th graders, to familiarize themselves with the concept of ocean acidification, what causes it, how it occurs, how it affects marine organisms and ecosystems, and what we can do to help mitigate its impacts.

The PDF of this activity book, developed with the support of the National Science Foundation (grant #1416837), is available for free for teachers and students – please click on the “Registration” tab above to register and receive your free download (English and Spanish versions are available).

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Ocean acidification communication toolkit: dungeness crab case study

Dungeness crab is a valuable species throughout the national marine sanctuaries of the West Coast from Washington state to throughout California. This communication toolkit is designed for educators and communicators to use to teach others about the impact of ocean acidification on Dungeness crab.

The toolkit includes: fact sheet; infographic; PowerPoint slideshow with script; reference list; resource list; public domain video B-roll; and public domain images.

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Webinar: Alkalinity in the Gulf of Maine (and beyond); new observations, insights, and opportunities

Time: Wed, Nov 14, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CET

Description: Ocean Acidification (OA) is a complex challenge in coastal waters, affecting a variety of groups across a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. Rising atmospheric CO2 levels drive the acidification process from one side, while changing river inputs and coastal circulation patterns provide pressures from another side. Caught in the middle are some of the most sensitive, economically valuable and highly populated areas of the world. Seawater is chemically buffered against acidification; however, this buffering is not evenly distributed around our coasts. Measurement of the buffering capacity, known as alkalinity, has been routine in open-ocean studies for decades, but have been limited in more dynamic coastal settings until relatively recently. Through several projects researchers at UNH, along with colleagues from other institutions, have been working to collect large amounts of alkalinity data in the Gulf of Maine and other regions, using both standard methods and new technology. Chris will discuss how these new in-situ data compare to regional alkalinity estimates and detail how new technology and observation opportunities can improve OA and carbon cycle science.

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Registration open for The Ocean Foundation’s interdisciplinary symposium and advanced training for Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin American and Caribbean Regional Symposium on Ocean Acidification – 21-24th of January, 2019

The objective of the symposium is for attendees to leave with an understanding of what implications ocean acidification has on their work and what tools are available to integrate ocean acidification monitoring, mitigation, and resilience into their work.

Click here to learn more about the Symposium and register.

Download the Symposium flyer

Advanced Ocean Acidification Training Workshop – 28th of January to 1st of February, 2019

This workshop is part of a series of capacity building trainings organized by The Ocean Foundation and its partners, including The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (IAEA OA-ICC), and supported by multiple funding partners, including the U.S. Department of State and the Swedish International Development Agency. This regional workshop is co-organized by the Latin America Ocean Acidification Network (LAOCA Network).

The training will focus on the use of the GOA-ON in a Box monitoring kit – a suite of equipment developed by Drs. Christopher Sabine and Andrew Dickson, The Ocean Foundation, The IAEA OA-ICC, GOA-ON, and Sunburst Sensors. This kit provides all hardware (sensors, lab-ware) and software (QC programs, SOPs) required to collect weather-quality carbonate chemistry data.

Click here to learn more about the Advanced Training Workshop and apply to attend.

Download the Advanced Training Workshop flyer.

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SOARCE webinar: Beyond dissolving shells in acid new approaches to teaching ocean acidification

Time: Wed, Sep 19, 2018 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM CEST

Description: During this webinar, Brian Erickson of Oregon State University, will provide insight from a review of 90 + existing ocean acidification teaching resources, pointing out key gaps and highlighting an effectie. He will also introduce a brand new education resource to effectively convey ocean acidification to students.

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NECAN industry webinar series: OCA impacts on shellfish hatcheries

Time: Tue, Sep 18, 2018 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM CEST

Presentation Abstracts:

Michael Congrove, Oyster Seed Holdings
In Search of a Solution to the Shellfish Hatchery Water Quality Puzzle
Shellfish aquaculture production has seen a steady rise worldwide for the last 40 years. Integral in this has been the ability to consistently produce vast amounts of shellfish larvae in increasingly sophisticated shellfish hatcheries. The fact that these hatchery’s primary task is culturing a calcifying larval organism, a fraction of a millimeter in ultimate size, make them uniquely susceptible to the effects of ocean acidification and/or coastal acidification. Increasing frequency of unexplained poor larval production has spurred commercial shellfish hatcheries in Virginia to loosely organize around the common goal of better understanding the effects of variable ambient water quality on larval production success. Carbonate chemistry being one, albeit big, piece of the total water quality puzzle. This presentation will explore the water quality puzzle and efforts to solve it, as it pertains to shellfish hatcheries from the perspective of Oyster Seed Holdings, a commercial oyster hatchery located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay in mesohaline waters.

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