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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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Carbonated water: teaching climate change and ocean acidification

Date And Time: Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 9:00 AM – Fri, Mar 6, 2020, 4:30 PM PST

Location: Padilla Bay NERR. Mount Vernon, Washington, USA

Description: 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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How does climate change affect oyster populations?

Increased levels of carbon dioxide, caused by humans burning fossil fuels, are not only causing a rise in global temperature but are also having adverse impacts on marine ecosystems. Background The role of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide on global temperatures is well known (IPCC 2014), but not all of the carbon dioxide released by the burning of fossil fuels enters the atmosphere. The Lesson Engage To begin, we elicit students’ prior knowledge about carbon dioxide and climate change through such questions as “What does the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere do for Earth?” and “What happened when people began burning more fossil fuel?” By the end of this discussion, students understand the following concepts: * Some levels of greenhouse gases are good and keep Earth warm enough to support life as we know it. * As more and more greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, they cause global warming. * The “extra” carbon dioxide released by burning fossil fuels goes into both the oceans and the atmosphere. * When carbon dioxide enters the ocean, there is less going into the atmosphere, which is “good” in terms of global warming. In order to scaffold the process for students and to make materials management for the teacher easier, we provide a set of limited materials, such as beakers, straws, pH test strips, and salt water, that they can use in their investigation (see teacher’s guide in “On the web” for detailed materials list).

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Upcoming webinar: studying coastal acidification effects upon the Atlantic Surfclam through an experimental and modeling approach

Time: Wed, Feb 12, 2020 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CET

Description: Emilien Pousse, a Postdoctoral Research Associate at NOAA’s Northeast Fishery Science Center will share results from a series of experiments and modeling efforts to understand how various carbon dioxide levels affect the physiology and energy budget of the Atlantic Surfclam.

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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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