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New ocean acidification resource for secondary schools

A new resource designed to help teachers deliver lessons in the classroom focusing on the impact of climate change and ocean acidification.

The book provides background information, instructions for investigations and experiments, data collection forms, links to a presentation, poster and other materials.

It has been supported by the Lou and Iris Fisher Charitable Trust and the University of Otago Ocean Acidification Research Theme.

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Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network (MACAN) Webinar: citizen science

5 December, 1-2 PM.

The Webinar will highlight opportunities to use citizen science in acidification monitoring. Speakers: Parker Gassett (University of Maine), Emily Rivest (VIMS) and Charlie Plybon and Mara Dias (Oregon Surfrider).

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Ocean acidification education resource

This lab helps students understand ocean acidification. The lab includes thorough direction, extensions, and teacher analysis answer key and hints.

Grade Levels
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

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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.

Ocean acidification teacher workshop 2017, Gisborne, NZ

Looking for interesting and practical activities for your science classroom that relate to real world problems?

This workshop will provide resources and support to inspire and guide your students through meaningful investigations that will help them understand our local marine environment and the pressures it faces.

The workshop will focus on “The Ocean of Tomorrow”, an educational resource unit for secondary schools with a focus on the impact of climate change and, more specifically, ocean acidification on the marine environment.

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Activity: Ocean acidification – Science – Year 8

This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. Students investigate ocean acidification, and its impacts on marine ecosystems and species. They begin by watching a clip and participating in a guided discussion around ocean acidification. Students then work in groups to conduct experiments designed to simulate ocean acidification and create scientific posters to share their results. They will then look at the difference between ocean acidification and coral bleaching. Finally, students are asked to work as a class to suggest actions we can all take to prevent further ocean acidification and coral bleaching events.

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Assessing the impact of ocean acidification on reef building corals

This activity introduces students to an actual data set that explores the impacts of ocean acidification on tropical coral reef ecosystems. Students are first given a scenario for a field site in the Caribbean and are asked to design an experiment that answers the question: How will a decline in surface ocean pH by the 21st century impact tropical coral growth? Students then gather actual data (from coral images collected from the field site) to calculate calcification rates of different coral samples. Finally, students use the provided saturation state values to predict the extent to which coral calcification is expected to decline by the 21st century.

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Ocean acidification in the IPCC AR5 WG II

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