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New interactive animation: communicating coastal acidification

Coastal acidification represents a significant environmental change associated with nutrient runoff from land, or eutrophication

This coastal acidification animation is intended to support teachers who are educating students about the causes and effects of ocean acidification and want to shift their students’ learning from a global problem to a coastal water quality issue. Coastal acidification represents a significant environmental change associated with nutrient runoff from land, or eutrophication. Coastal regions are likely to be disproportionately affected by compounding carbon input sources such as runoff from agriculture, industry, and urban populations. The science of coastal acidification is continuing to develop and will require action at multiple levels and on several spatial scales. The animation synthesizes a very complex topic in hopes it will open the door to conversations about the role humans play and the much needed solutions to prevent and address issues like coastal acidification. This topic can be taught in conjunction with lessons about food webs and ecosystems, the environmental impacts of climate change and CO2 emissions, and chemistry lessons concerning real-life applications.

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Ocean acidification teacher workshop

Date: Monday 30 October, 3.30pm-5pm

Venue: Lab-in-a-Box, Wainui Beach School, 56 Wairere Rd, Wainui Beach, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand

Looking for interesting and practical activities for your science classroom that relate to real world problems? This workshop will provide resources to help your students understand our local marine environment and the pressures it faces. The workshop focusses on the impact of climate change and, more specifically, ocean acidification on the marine environment. The session is aimed at secondary teachers (biology, chemistry, general science) and educators with an interest in environmental issues. Some of the activities and experiments outlined in the resource book will be demonstrated. Free copies of “The Ocean of Tomorrow”, an
educational resource unit for secondary schools, will be distributed.

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Explore ocean and coastal acidification with NOAA Data in the Classroom

A screenshot of a map for the new Data in the Classroom ocean and coastal acidification module. NOAA’s Data in the Classroom uses story maps to help students explore today’s most pressing environmental issues through interactive narratives. Now, teachers and students can learn about ocean and coastal acidification through a new module.

Can ocean conditions support the growth and survival of marine life, both now and into the future?

With this new NOAA Data in the Classroom module, students can dig into this question and the relationships between carbon dioxide, ocean pH and aragonite saturation state. This educational resource introduces students to ocean and coastal acidification through a series of interactive web maps, apps, and videos, allowing students to explore authentic research questions and scaled data interactions that use near real‐time data from NOAA.

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Workshop for teachers: carbonated water – teaching climate science and ocean acidification

A professional development workshop for middle and high school teachers.

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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What is ocean acidification? (video)

Find out how research at Plymouth is tackling this global carbon dioxide problem.

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Studying the acidification of Alaska’s waters (video)

Ocean acidification is a looming threat to Alaska fisheries. One of the major concerns is how shellfish may be harmed as the ocean grows more acidic due to climate change.

To further the scientific community’s understanding of how ocean acidification affects bivalves, Alaska Sea Grant funded Amanda Kelley, a leading expert in ocean acidification and a researcher at the University of Alaska College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, to conduct an experiment on littleneck clams and basket cockles. She is also conducting nearshore-monitoring of ocean acidification in Kachemak Bay in a collaboration with NOAA’s Kasitsna Bay Lab.

Alaska Sea Grant created this video to convey some of the professional and citizen-scientist work that is being done in Alaska to better understand ocean acidification and its effects on marine life.

Understanding the effects of ocean acidification on shellfish and other species is part of Alaska Sea Grant’s mission to support healthy coastal resources, communities and economies in Alaska.

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Carbon dioxide, shell building, and ocean acidification

To build shells and skeletons, marine organisms, such as this hypothetical clam, extract calcium ions and carbonate ions from seawater, combining them into solid crystals of calcium carbonate that are laid down to make shells.

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