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Climate Change Seminar: “Impacts of Global Warming and Ocean Acidification on Ocean Biology”, 27 February 2017, Cornell University

Date & time: Monday, 27 February 2017, 2:55pm to 4:10pm

Location: Warren Hall, B25, Cornell University

Description: The 2017 Cornell University Climate Change Seminar meets Monday afternoons through May 8. This university-wide seminar provides important views on the critical issue of climate change, drawing from many perspectives and disciplines. Experts from both Cornell University and other universities will present an overview of the science of climate change and climate change models, the implications for agriculture, ecosystems, and food systems, and provide important economic, ethical, and policy insights on the issue.

The seminar is free and open to the Cornell and Ithaca Community at large, and will be available via Zoom Webinar.

Organized and sponsored by the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture, and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

Further information.

Sea Talk: “Ocean Acidification – Science and Policy”, 22 November 2016, The Aquarium of Hawaii

Date & time: 22 November 2016, 6-7 pm

Location: Open Ocean Exhibit, Maui Ocean Center, 192 Ma’alaea Rd, Wailuku, Hawaii, HI 96793

“Ocean Acidification – Global Scientific and Policy Challenges” will be presented by Dr. Will Howard.

Today, ocean acidification poses growing risks to marine assets ranging from the tropical reefs to polar oceans. Join Dr. Will Howard and learn about ocean acidification and discover which natural science and social disciplines will be vital in the coming years for policymakers, the public and the scientific community.

Dr. Will Howard is the Head of Science at the Office of the Chief Scientist in Canberra and has a Ph.D in Geological Sciences from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. His research work focuses on marine climate change, with particular emphasis on ocean acidification and its impacts on the past, current and future ocean. He is particularly interested in the ocean carbon cycle and the responses of marine ecosystems to climate change.

Sea Talks are held in the Open Ocean Exhibit. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended, please call (808) 270-7075.

Further information about the event venue.

“From the U.S. West Coast to the Ivory Coast: Building Scientific and Political Capacity to Respond to Ocean Acidification” – U.S. Center side event at the UNFCCC COP22, 9 November 2016, Marrakech

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 GMT

Primary Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Available in live streaming.

Event Summary: The United States is leading efforts around the world to expand capacity for scientists in developing countries to measure ocean acidification (caused by rising CO2 in the atmosphere) and track its impacts such as erosion of coral reefs or loss of bivalve fisheries. The effect of high CO2 on the oceans is a major reason why the UNFCCC is focusing on figuring out how to reduce temperature increases from 2° to 1.5° C. Several workshops have been held in the past year under auspices of the Global Ocean Acidification (OA) Observing Network to expand participation from African countries. This event will showcase those activities with testimonials from African scientists from Egypt, Namibia and South Africa about the importance of this work for building resilience to ocean acidification in the developing world. The event will end with a call to support an international political alliance focused on OA resilience issued by the U.S. Pacific Coast Collaborative. The international political alliance is teaming with the Global OA Observing Network to leverage political influence to expand resources for this important effort.

Nore information on the U.S. Center side events at the COP22 can be found here.



Ocean acidification-relevant side events at the UNFCCC COP22, November 2016, Marrakech, Morocco

“Changing oceans and seas around the world: implications for mitigation and adaptation”

Wednesday, 9 November 2016, 10:30-12:00, EU Pavilion – Room Brussels, Area D, Blue zone

Recent assessments of ocean warming, acidification, deoxygenation and sea-level rise identified serious risks to marine ecosystems, fisheries, and coastal livelihoods and infrastructure. The Paris Agreement recognised the ocean and its ecosystems and the need to ensure their integrity and protect their biodiversity. A panel of international experts (involved in UN assessment reports, and national, EU, international and intergovernmental programmes) will provide an integrated and updated perspective on the climate related changes, risks and projections for both natural and human ocean systems and make mitigation and adaptation recommendations for future UNFCCC processes.

Organised by Plymouth Marine Laboratory; contact – Thecla Keizer, tke(at)

Side event flyer.


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Ocean acidification talk on tap at OSU-Cascades Science Pub (15 November 2016)

It has been called the “evil twin” of climate change. As the oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and surface waters become more acidic, changes to marine ecosystems are likely to follow. Coral reefs, shell-forming organisms and the fish and marine mammals that depend on them are at risk.

At Oregon State University – Cascades upcoming Science Pub on Tuesday, Nov. 15, OSU marine ecologist George Waldbusser will describe what scientists know about the biological effects of ocean acidification, focusing on Oregon’s coast and it’s highly impacted oyster industry.

The presentation will include demonstrations with live oysters and real-time carbon dioxide sensors, and audience participation.

Waldbusser is an assistant professor of ocean ecology and biogeochemistry in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. His research interests include animal sediment interactions, ocean acidification, marine invertebrate ecology, and estuarine biogeochemistry.

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Commitments on ocean acidification at the US Secretary Kerry’s “Our Ocean” conference 2016

The “Our Ocean” conference series, launched by US State Secretary John Kerry and organized by the US Department of State, came to its third edition on 15-16 September 2016. The goal of these conferences is to inspire the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, and civil society to identify solutions and commit to actions to protect and conserve our ocean and its resources.

Participants in the third “Our Ocean” conference in Washington, D.C.  announced over 136 new initiatives on marine conservation and protection valued at more than $5.24 billion, as well as new commitments on the protection of almost four million square kilometers (over 1.5 million square miles) of the ocean.

Ocean acidification was discussed as one of the key ocean issues of our time, alongside marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean. A number of commitments addressing ocean acidification were announced during the conference:

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Ocean Acidification “State of the Science” Workshop, 30 November – 1 December 2016, Anchorage, Alaska

Date and time: November 30, 2016 9:00 AM – December 1, 2016 6:00 PM (AKST)

Location: Anchorage Downtown Marriott

Registration: This workshop is free and open to the public. Please register by November 7.

The Alaska Ocean Acidification Network is hosting a TWO-day workshop in Anchorage, inviting a broad audience across the state interested in ocean acidification issues.

There will be opportunities for remote participation at satellite viewing sites and via personal computer.

Workshop goals include educating the broader Alaska community on the processes and consequences of OA, creating connections between researchers and stakeholders, and developing new ideas and partnerships to enhance monitoring and community engagement. A report on the state of the science in Alaska will be produced after the workshop, as well as a set of recommendations to help guide the Alaska OA Network.

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