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Healthy and sustainable oceans in South Asia: the importance of SAROA Hub

Date: 19 May 2022

Time: 12:30-13:30 (GMT/BST)

Location: virtual

South Asia has some of the largest and biologically rich marine ecosystems including mangroves, estuaries, coastal lagoons and coral reefs. More than 200 million people in South Asia are directly dependent on coastal and open ocean bioresources. As the second fastest economically growing region in the world, the regional seas and oceans of South Asia are facing multi-faceted pressures including from relative rise in sea-level, salinity intrusion, nitrogen and plastic pollution, in addition to emerging threats of ocean acidification. Ocean acidification (OA) in South Asia can have huge consequences for the coastal blue economy and linked GDP.

Course Information

South Asia Regional Hub on Ocean Acidification (SAROA), a GOA-ON endorsed Hub intends to bring together early career and experienced scientists with a common interest on documenting geographically distributed data on OA across seas and oceans of South Asia, monitoring OA and effects on coastal bioresources and, other interests such as involving citizen scientists. SAROA intends to play a key role by engaging with policy makers, social scientists and citizens of South Asia through existing programs such as the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) so as to highlight and mainstream OA research outcomes towards long-term sustainability and achieving healthy regional seas and oceans across the region and beyond.

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Teaching climate change and ocean acidification

Date: Thursdays, 12-26 May 2022 – 4:00-6 pm – via Zoom

Date: Saturday, 14 May 2022 – 8:30 am-4:00 pm – onsite at Padilla Bay

About this event:

A free “blended” 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 .

What you will receive:

  • Free Clock hour credit – up to 15 hours. (STEM credits if you attend all 4 Zoom sessions)
  • Ocean Sciences Sequence curriculum ($200 value)
  • $200 stipend for classroom implementation


  • May 12 – Understanding the Causes and Effects of Climate Change
  • May 14 – Field investigation/climate change and eelgrass/local data
  • May 19 – Exploring ocean acidification with global and local data
  • May 26 – Following Carbon Flows and digging into Climate solutions

Questions? Email: Susan Wood,

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Observed and projected changes in OA and impacts on marine ecosystems and coastal communities: IPCC authors’ perspectives

Date: 29 April 2022

Time: 4:00 PM CEST


Join Dr. Sarah Cooley, Director of Climate Science at the Ocean Conservancy, Dr. Helen Gurney-Smith, Research Scientist at DFO Canada, and Dr. Libby Jewett, Director of NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program for a presentation on ocean acidification findings in the newly released IPCC report.

The latest IPCC Working Group 2 report, released in late February, assessed the current state of knowledge about ocean acidification and its impacts on ocean systems both globally and regionally. New model projections detail the development of ocean acidification through the water column, and how its future development depends on global emissions choices. The report also assesses how ocean acidification is acting individually and in combination with other stressors, driving a variety of outcomes for ocean ecosystems and the people that depend on them. Climate change will affect how we live, work and play in coastal regions including impacts on biodiversity, cultural connections, food and livelihoods. Each of the presenters was a lead author on a different WG2 chapter and will provide insights accordingly.

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A Changing Planet Seminar: Antarctic marine ecosystems under pressure

Date: 27 April 2022

Time: 17:00 – 18:00 (GMT +02:00)

Location: 213 (Clore Lecture Theatre), Huxley Building – Campus: South Kensington Campus

This event is taking place in person, with a livestream (online access via Zoom) for those attending attending online.

Audience: Open to all

Cost: Free

Tickets: Registration in advance

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A Changing Planet Seminar by Dr Sian Henley, Lecturer in Marine Science at the University of Edinburgh

Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems are under increasing pressure from global climate change and direct human impacts. Decisive, immediate action on climate change mitigation is required at the global scale, as well as effective management at the local scale, to protect these ecosystems and their societal benefits worldwide.

The Southern Ocean is globally important for regulating climate by taking up atmospheric carbon dioxide, connecting the world’s oceans and ocean-climate system, and supporting key species and ecosystem services. Global climate change and ocean acidification are impacting the health and productivity of the Southern Ocean, with knock-on effects on these critical processes as well as regional fisheries (e.g. Antarctic krill) and other ecosystem services.

The first Marine Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean (MEASO, 2021) has shown significant changes in Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems, driven by global climate change and direct human impacts. MEASO is an international collaboration of over 200 researchers from 19 countries. A team of scientists from the MEASO initiative attended the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 to present the key findings and advocate for urgent global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to instigate climate recovery and to avoid irreversible deterioration of Southern Ocean ecosystems and associated loss of their wide-ranging societal benefits. In this talk, I will present an overview of the key findings and make the case that only by mitigating global climate change, alongside effective local conservation and management, can we effectively safeguard these vulnerable polar oceans now and into the future.

About the speaker

Dr Sian Henley is a Lecturer in Marine Science at the University of Edinburgh. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS), a member of the Southern Ocean Task Force for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, and a Science Theme Leader within the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES). Sian has a diverse range of research interests from polar ocean ecosystem change to climate change impacts on children worldwide, and is a passionate lecturer, educator and communicator across the spectrum of marine and polar science.

Imperial College London, 25 April 2022. More information.

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Live investigation: an ‘acid’ Arctic

This fun live lesson investigation aims to show how water becomes more acidic when carbon dioxide is bubbled through it. It demonstrates the link between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and a process called ocean acidification, a change in the pH or acidity of the ocean. Students will also observe over time the effects of acid on chalk (standing in as an example of animals with ‘chalky’ structures or skeletons).

Learning outcomes

Chemistry and biology

  • Use the pH scale for measuring acidity/alkalinity
  • Explain the impact of human production of carbon dioxide on the environment and climate
  • Working scientifically by observing over time, and using evidence to support conclusions


If you have never joined a live lesson before, visit the support centre, where you can find a range of technical and educational information.

This live lesson is suited to all students studying geography. The activity is based around the Ocean acidification in a cup and Dissolving ‘shells’ in vinegar activities, part of the Frozen Oceans STEAM activity collection.

The lesson assumes no prior knowledge of the Arctic, but students may find it useful to have worked through a preparatory lesson.

Questions generated by your class can be submitted via the Encounter Live tab in your profile.

Lesson steps

1. Introduction (5 mins)

Jamie will open the live lesson with a welcome and introduction to Arctic Live and the UK Arctic Research Station, as well as giving shout-outs to students and schools.

2. Subject knowledge (5 mins)

Jamie and Helen will speak about what ocean acidification is and how we can simulate an extreme version of ocean acidification right in the classroom. There will be a brief introduction to acids and alkalis and how the pH scale can be useful for comparing the acidity of liquids.

During this time students can get into their allocated groups and set up their experiments.

3. Activity time (20 mins)

Jamie will demonstrate how to set up models of the ocean to demonstrate Ocean acidification in a cup. Jamie will ask students to predict how the acidity may change. Write your answers on the live chat. Jamie will then begin the experiment.

The next step is to set up the activity to observe dissolving shells, or chalk, in an acid (in this case, vinegar). Join in the investigation live.

Helen will further discuss the significance of ocean acidification, extending the discussion to what happens to the rest of the food web if organisms such as clams and scallops were unable to grow and survive.

4. Q&A and conclusion (15 mins)

After completing the activity Jamie will be able to answer pre-submitted questions and take part in the live chat. At the end of the broadcast, Jamie will suggest some other activities you might like to try and what’s coming up in the rest of Arctic Live 2022.

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Calling all teachers – summer workshops


Teachers creating Problem‐Based Learning Units from Ocean Acidification Research

Discover and learn about ocean acidification – what it is, how to teach it, and how it will impact the Gulf of Mexico. This workshop is a hands-on experience to give teachers the expertise and tools to provide cutting-edge and exciting curricula in their classrooms. This workshop is limited to eight teachers.

WHO:              Middle and High School Teachers

WHEN:            11-15 July 2022

WHERE:          The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, 750 Channel View Drive, Port Aransas, TX 78373

DETAILS:          $900 Stipend, $100 supplies, 40 Contact Hours


Workshop Flyer

The University of Texas at Austin, 18 April 2022. More information.

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Webinar: the resilience of corals to ocean acidification: lessons from boron isotopes

Date: 21 April 2022

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: virtual


Alex Gaganon, Associate Professor, School of Oceanography, Univ. of Washington, Seattle

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 960 5623 0153
Password: ocnsem

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Call for abstracts: 5th Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World

Call for Abstracts – 5th Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World, Lima, Peru, 13-16 September 2022

The organizers of the 5th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World have extended the abstract deadline from 24 April to 7 May. The decision on acceptance of the abstract and allocation to the Symposium will be provided announced by 7 June, 2022. 

If you are in need of financial travel assistance, the deadline to apply for most travel awards is 7 May. If you are considering applying for funds from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the deadline will remain at 25 April. IAEA travel grants are only open to participants from IAEA member states and you can find more information on requirements and the applications for an IAEA travel grant here.

As a reminder, abstracts submitted before the COVID-19 pandemic are still valid and will be reviewed without further action. If you would like to modify your abstract in any way, you can resubmit it to before 7 May, 2022. Abstract submission details, including abstract formatting guidelines, can be found here. If you would like to withdraw your abstract, email before 7 May, 2022.

Please note, you will need to indicate if you will attend/present virtually or in person when you register for the event. You can now register online here. To register you will 1) fill out the personal information form, 2) submit your payment via paypal, and 3) send your payment invoice to Early bird registration runs until 13 June.


7 May 2022Abstract submission deadline
24 April 2022Application for Travel support
7 June 2022Abstract and travel support applicants notified
30 June 2022Early registration closes
21 August 2022Registration closes
7 September 2022On-site registration
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Call for projects: ocean acidification and other ocean changes – impacts and solutions

Application’s deadline: 15 May 2022

Download application file


Call for projects

Ocean alkalinity enhancement to counter ocean acidification – what are the impacts on marine life?

The Ocean Acidification and other ocean Changes – Impacts and Solutions (OACIS) Initiative launches a call for research projects on the effects of ocean alkalinity enhancement on marine ecosystems and organisms. This information is crucially lacking for making informed policy decisions.

Far from being just a victim of climate change, the ocean can also be part of the solution. A range of ocean-based measures have been proposed to counter the effects of climate change on the ocean, such as the development of marine renewable energy or the protection and restoration of blue carbon ecosystems (mangroves, seagrass beds, etc.). Another group of measures involve the active manipulation of Earth’s systems, such as ocean fertilization to increase carbon uptake by marine plankton, or ocean alkalinity enhancement: adding alkaline material to promote CO2 uptake and counter ocean acidification. To date there are few studies on the impact that these types of measures might have on marine life.

While the chemical consequences are well known, many questions remain on the technical implementation, cost effectiveness and potential impacts on marine life. Despite its high potential effectiveness, ocean alkalinity enhancement is therefore considered a concept stage measure.

This call for projects by OACIS will promote the science needed to advance our understanding about the biological and ecological impacts of ocean alkalinity enhancement.

The call will seek to respond to key questions such as (non-exhaustive list):

  • Could ocean alkalinity enhancement trigger the deposition of calcium carbonate on plants and animals and if so, what are the consequences and how could it be avoided?
  • Could ocean alkalinity enhancement overcome the negative impacts of ocean acidification in naturally acidified locations?
  • What are the positive and/or negative impacts on shellfish and finfish aquaculture?

Selection criteria :

  • Financial support in the range of €100,000 to €200,000 maximum, for a duration of 2 to 3 years.
  • The contribution from OACIS should not exceed 70% of the total project budget.
  • Projects must start no later than February 2023.
  • Both laboratory and field studies as well as modeling approaches will be considered.
  • All ocean regions are eligible.

Instructions for downloading the files:

Download the application form in pdf and fill it in (you need Adobe Acrobat Reader). To download: Right click on the document – Download.

The application form must be sent by 15 May 2022 to the following email address:

This call for projects was released in collaboration with the VEOLIA Foundation.

About OACIS: The Ocean Acidification and other ocean Changes – Impacts and Solutions (OACIS) Initiative coordinated by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is advancing science on the impacts of multiple climate stressors, including ocean acidification, on marine organisms and ecosystems, as well as potential ocean-based solutions to counter these impacts.

OACIS organizes expert workshops and round tables to promote the synthesis of the latest research. The initiative supports innovative research projects and capacity building activities to train the new generation of researchers on these topics, as well as the communication of scientific results to decision-makers and the general public.

Partners: Government of Monaco, IAEA Marine Environment Laboratories, Monaco Scientific Centre, Oceanographic Institute, Villefranche-sur-mer Oceanographic Laboratory, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI).

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7th Our Ocean Conference 2022

Date: 13-14 April 2022

Co-host: The Republic of Palau and the United States

The Conference will be a key moment for countries, civil society, and industry to commit to concrete and significant actions to protect the ocean. Throughout the six previous conferences, participants have made more than 1,400 commitments worth approximately $91.4 billion and protected at least five million square miles of ocean.

The Conference will begin at 08:30 Koror Time (GMT +9) on April 13, and the livestream can be accessed on this page. Additional information – including the schedule, speakers, participants, and areas of actions – is available above and below.

Areas of action

The ocean gives us life. We rely on it for food, livelihoods, climate resilience and recreation. Ensuring the longevity of our planet’s life force requires decisive and collective action.

Our Ocean will focus on six Areas of Action, convening partners from across the globe to identify solutions to manage marine resources, increase the ocean’s resilience to climate change and safeguard its health for generations to come.


Commitments to deliver bold, measurable and impactful actions promoting and protecting ocean health are at the heart of Our Ocean. To date, there have been over a thousand commitments from governments, civil society and businesses in over 70 countries.

Our Ocean will continue to encourage partnerships and commitments and report on the progress and successes of commitments from previous years.

Side Events

Date: April 14 April 2022

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Location: Palau Community College

Title: Ocean Acidification in the Pacific Islands: From Local to Global Scales

Host: Pacific Islands and Territories Ocean Acidification (PI-TOA) regional hub

Location: Side Event Room 11 – Dort Conference Room


Global ocean acidification (OA) results in local repercussions. The Pacific Islands region is susceptible to OA because communities’ livelihoods are tied to thriving coastal ecosystems. This side event highlights the multi-scale model implemented, with support from The Ocean Foundation and the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration, in the Pacific Islands region to tackle OA. A local, collaborative training center, the Pacific Islands Ocean Acidification Centre (PIOAC) supports local scientists to maintain equipment, manage data, and provide training to new researchers. The Pacific Islands and Territories Ocean Acidification network (PI-TOA) sustains and communicates OA findings in the region. The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), together with GOA-ON’s UN Decade Program, Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability (OARS), supports PI-TOA to catalyze OA research and combat barriers to establishing monitoring efforts. In total, all of these organisations work in parallel, at different scales, to monitor, understand, and manage ocean acidification, while increasing awareness and building capacity.

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Call for session / event proposals: The Sixth Xiamen Symposium on Marine Environmental Sciences

Date: 9-12 January 2023

Location: Xiamen, China

Submit your proposal by: 15 June 2022

The Sixth Xiamen Symposium on Marine Environmental Sciences (XMAS-VI) will be held in Xiamen, China from Jan 9th to 12th, 2023. The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is pleased to announce the call for proposals of scientific sessions, workshops, town halls and other events.

XMAS-VI will be held as a hybrid format (virtually and in-person) due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Theme of XMAS-VI
Multidisciplinary and Solution Sciences for a Sustainable and Healthy Ocean

Proposal Submission Timeline

  • Jun 15, 2022 Session/Event Proposal Submission Closes
  • Jul 1, 2022 Session/Event Proposal Acceptance Notification
  • Jul 10, 2022 Abstract Submission Opens

Financial Support

  • Limited financial support will be available to subsidize registration for accepted proposals.

Important Guidelines
Scientific session proposals:

  • Session proposals with broad scopes are encouraged.
  • Session proposals with strong overlaps might be merged to minimize repetition.
  • Sessions with a limited number of accepted abstracts might be merged.
  • Co-conveners from diverse institutions are encouraged.
  • Conveners can submit abstracts to their own session as well as other session.

Event proposals:

  • Events include but not limited to town halls, workshops, social events, etc.
  • Town hall proposals should include a list of proposed speakers if applicable.
  • Workshop may focus on hot research topics, emerging research questions, skill training/development,
  • student and early career resources, or others.

The SAC/LOC will review the submitted proposals and may suggest revisions if needed.

Information Required in the Proposal

  • Relevance to the main theme of XMAS-VI
  • Session/Event Title
  • Session/Event Description – maximum 400 words, including focus, scope and objectives
  • Name, affiliation and email of each co-convener
  • Name, affiliation and email of speakers to be invited (if any)

How to Submit Proposal

Please submit your proposal by Jun 15, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact the LOC or Secretary of XMAS-VI via email.

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Towards the UN Ocean Conference | from Geneva to Lisbon

The 2022 UN Ocean Conference will be held from 27 June to 1 July 2022 in Lisbon. It will provide a critical opportunity to mobilize partnerships and increase investment in science-driven approaches to achieve SDG 14. Organizations in Geneva are actively supporting processes in the run-up to the conference.

About the 2022 UN Ocean Conference

The ocean is our planet’s largest ecosystem. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth. It stabilizes climate, stores carbon, nurtures unimaginable biodiversity, and directly supports human well-being through food and energy resources, as well as by providing cultural and recreational services. Not to mention, the ocean is key to our economy with an estimated 40 million people being employed by ocean-based industries by 2030.

The 2022 UN Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is strengthening its efforts to mobilize, create and drive solutions to realize the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. As one of the first milestones of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ newly launched Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals, the Conference will propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.

“The first ocean conference in 2017 was a game changer in terms of waking the world up to the Ocean’s problems. I think this conference in Lisbon in June is going to be about providing the solutions to the problems that we’ve alerted the world to. And I’m very confident that those solutions emerge when we get there.” Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, 18 March 2022 (Source: UN News)

Visit the official website

Programme and Side Events

The UN Ocean Conference will focus on some of the major challenges and opportunities faced by the ocean today. The conference will include plenaries, as well as a series of interactive dialogues on the following themes:

  • Addressing Marine Pollution
  • Promoting and strengthening sustainable ocean-based economies, in particular for Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries
  • Managing, protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems
  • Minimizing and addressing ocean acidification, deoxygenation and ocean warming
  • Making fisheries sustainable and providing access for small–scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
  • Increasing scientific knowledge and developing research capacity and transfer of marine technology
  • Enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law, as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
  • Leveraging interlinkages between Sustainable Development Goal 14 and other Goals towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda

The conference is expected to adopt a political declaration on “Our ocean, our future, our responsibility“. Drafts and inputs from Member States can be found here.

Discover the programme

Various side events, both in-person and online, will be organized in the margins of the official meetings of the 2022 UN Ocean Conference. Side events may be organized by Member States, Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs), UN entities and all other duly accredited and registered entities. Priority will be given to events organized by Member States and those organized in partnership by multiple entities. All interested parties are strongly encouraged to partner with others to organize a side event. The call for side events is open until 8 April 2022.

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Ocean acidification spring discussion series

The Alaska Ocean Acidification Network announces our Spring Discussion Series! We are hosting four specialized dialogue sessions from March through May, with the intention to: 

  • Address and explore topics within ocean acidification that are of most interest to Alaskans
  • Discuss ideas and identify priorities
  • Document key issues and needs so they can be communicated to funding sources, policymakers and potential collaborators

These dialogue sessions are spaces for you to both learn and provide input. Each session will run from 1-3pm AK time, beginning with a 30 minute presentation by topic area experts, followed by interactive discussion and breakouts. (The dialogue series will also be recorded and made available to registrants after each event).


Where: Online: 1:00-3:00 pm AKDT, 5:00-7:00 pm EDT


March 23 – Regional Conditions: What do we know about ocean acidification conditions around the state, what parts are expected to change most rapidly in the future, and what areas may be most sensitive to change?

April 5 – Species Response #1: OA and Local Communities: What does ocean acidification mean for mariculture and subsistence?

April 20 – Species Response #2: Commercial Species: What does ocean acidification mean for commercially harvested species including groundfish, salmon, and crab?

May 4 – Adaptation and Mitigation: How can carbon dioxide removal, carbon sequestration, and natural climate solutions help us adapt to or mitigate climate change and ocean acidification?

Questions: email Darcy Dugan,

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5th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World: call for applications and important announcement

Date: 13-16 September 2022

Location: Maria Angola Hotel and Convention Centre, Lima, Peru


Grant Application Form

Grant Applications deadline: 25 April 2022


Held every four years, the International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World is the largest international ocean acidification gathering. It will maintain the traditional focus of the four previous symposia and will look at ocean acidification and the associated impacts on marine organisms, ecosystems, and biogeochemical cycles, as well as the implications for society. Ocean acidification will be considered in combination with other global changes, such as ocean warming and deoxygenation. A detailed programme can be found on the Symposium website. The IAEA’s Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) will support the attendance of selected participants from eligible Member States to present their work and foster international collaboration.

Scope and nature: The Symposium is inter-disciplinary and contributions are expected to detail advances in observations, modelling, field and laboratory studies related to ocean acidification. Dedicated sessions will emphasize processes and impacts as well as consequences for humans and their potential responses through policy and management. The event is expected to attract more than 500 scientists in the field, and the following themes will be addressed: changing carbonate chemistry in coastal to open oceans; organism responses and consequences of living in a High CO2 World in a multi-stressor framework; ecological effects of ocean acidification and stressors in a changing ocean; insights from natural ocean acidification analogues; ocean acidification and society; global to regional policy, actions, communication and capacity building for ocean acidification.

Participation: Grants are available for approximately 20 scientists from developing IAEA Member States who are working on ocean acidification. Applicants should hold a university degree in marine biology, oceanography or a related scientific field. The selection process will be coordinated with the selection process for poster and oral presentations at the symposium. Only applicants with an accepted abstract for an oral or poster presentation will be considered for IAEA funding. Nominations should be submitted using the attached Grant Application Form. The completed form should be endorsed by relevant national authorities and sent to the IAEA through the established official channels. Applications must be received by the IAEA not later than 25 April 2022.

Important update from the organizers: Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting uncertainty of travel limiting the participation of the global community, it was decided that the Symposium be held as a hybrid event. While we welcome the opportunity to meet in person, we hope the online access will decrease barriers for our global participants.

Registration costs have also been updated resulting from the change in meeting structure. These updated costs will shortly be reflected on the High CO2 webpage. Once updated, you will be asked to indicate your desired mode of participation on your registration form. We will inform you when these changes are made and when the registration forms are open.

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Harmful algal blooms and ocean acidification

Date: 23 March 2022

Time: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Location: virtual



Join SOCAN to discuss the relationship between Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Ocean Acidification (OA). We will be joined by experts in the fields of HABs and OA to discuss with our audience.

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Designing climate adaptation pathways for atoll islands

Date: 22-24 March

Time: 9:00-5:00pm


This scientific workshop will assess pathways for resilience to counter risks from climate change and ocean acidification, with a focus on atoll islands.

Which solutions are ready to put in practice right away, and which ones need more time to mature? Policymakers lack information about which solutions (mitigation and adaptation) are most effective today, which ones have the potential to be effective in the longer term, and what solutions could be combined over time. In other words, what can be done, when and where?

Partner organisations:

  • Alexandre Magnan
  • IDDRI (coordination scientifique)
  • Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco
  • Agence internationale de l’énergie atomique (IAEA)
  • le CSM
  • l’Institut Océanographique de Monaco
  • le Gouvernement de Monaco
  • le laboratoire d’océnographie de Villefranche
  • et l’IDDRI
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Monaco Ocean Week 2022

Date: 21 – 26 March 2022



Marine ecosystem awareness and conservation have been an integral part of the Principality of Monaco’s history since the end of the 19th century. Passionate explorer and dedicated scientist, Prince Albert I, was one of the founders of modern oceanography. Commitment to the oceans has continued throughout the 20th century; a perfect example being when France, Monaco and Italy signed the RAMOGE Agreement in 1976 to protect Mediterranean coastal waters. The Principality of Monaco was one of the very first States to sign the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in 1982. When the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation was created in June 2006, Monaco immediately adopted solid commitments such as the 2008 appeal to stop Mediterranean bluefin tuna consumption (at the time in danger of becoming extinct) and the 2009 Monaco declaration on ocean acidification, in cooperation with 150 scientists from 26 countries. The Foundation also created the Monaco Blue Initiative (MBI) in 2010: a thinktank where members focus on current and future global ocean management and conservation issues. In 2013 we created an Environmental Fund to manage Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean. The BeMed project was launched in 2015 to combat plastic pollution in the Mediterranean; during the Paris COP21 we played a key role in the edition of the Because the Ocean climate regulation declaration by highlighting the importance of the ocean in climate regulation – the declaration has now been signed by 33 countries; and in 2016, the Principality of Monaco initiated the IPCC Special Report on oceans and cryosphere which was officially launched in Monaco in past September 2019. During the fifth international conference Our Ocean, in Bali, in October 2018, the Principality as well announced commitments for a sustainable ocean, such as the launch of an environmental facility dedicated to Coral Reefs by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation alongside the Vulcan Group. An initiative within the framework of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) which Monaco is co-chairing with Australia and Indonesia until 2020.


The need for a week of meetings, debates and mobilisation for the ocean was blatantly obvious: leading marine sector stakeholders need to share their key marine environment conversation findings and take action to preserve the oceans. During the next edition of the Monaco Ocean Week, from 21 to 26 March 2022, local and international experts, the scientific community, voluntary sector, and public authorities will once again unite in the Principality of Monaco.

Over the past editions, many ocean initiatives were presented and key commitments were sealed, such as the Monaco Manifesto for the Ocean published and signed by HSH the Sovereign Prince with the French and Italian ministers in charge of the marine environment. Furthermore with the signature of the Sanctuary Pelagos headquarters’ agreement and the Natural Marine World Heritage in the Arctic Ocean publication’s launch highlighting seven sites in the Arctic region that might be of outstanding universal value and potentially eligible for World Heritage status.

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Ocean Decade Laboratories: ocean acidification and multiple stressors

Date: 11 March 2022

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 am (CET)

Satellite activity registration: Ocean Acidification and Multiple Stressors


Ocean Decade Laboratory visit: A healthy and resilient ocean

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Water mass circulation and ocean acidification in high-latitude oceans and prospects for the Mediterranean Sea

Date: 11 March 2022

Time: 12:15 pm

Speaker: Dra. Maribel I. García-Ibáñez, Departament de Biologia Marina i Oceanografia, Institut de Ciències del Mar

Language: English

Link to the talk


The global ocean has mediated the atmospheric CO2 increase derived from human activities by absorbing about 30% of the anthropogenic emissions since the industrial revolution. CO2 enters the surface ocean through air-sea gas exchange and its uptake rate is limited by the upper-ocean-to-interior transport, i.e., the large-scale dynamics that control the ventilation of the interior ocean. Hence, the high-latitude oceans, where deep convective overturning and subduction occur, are the areas of strongest CO2 uptake and deep-ocean CO2 sequestration. Amongst those high-latitude oceans, the North Atlantic is one of the most important CO2 sinks thanks to the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, where the deep-water formation provides the pathway for CO2 into the interior ocean. Here a database analysis is used to study the long-term trends in ocean acidification in the different water masses. I will also discuss the physical and chemical drivers of the ocean acidification and the expected changes for future increases in atmospheric CO2. Finally, I will present my Severo Ochoa postdoctoral project, which focuses on assessing the changes in alkalinity naturally occurring in the Mediterranean Sea and how they affect the ocean acidification signal in the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic.

Brief biography

I graduated in Marine Sciences at the University of Vigo in 2011, and I obtained my PhD in Marine Sciences, Technology, and Management at the same university in 2015. My PhD focused on understanding the anthropogenic perturbation in the inorganic carbon cycle in the North Atlantic Ocean. The results of my PhD highlighted the role of the water mass transformation in the relatively fast acidification rates of the intermediate and deep waters of the Subpolar North Atlantic. My work experience includes leakage detection in offshore reservoirs related to carbon capture and storage (CCS), characterization of dyes used to measure seawater pH, exploration of the internal consistency of the measurements of the oceanic carbonate system, characterisation of the processes affecting the carbon uptake in the Southern Ocean and analysis of tipping points for North Atlantic cold-water corals. I am currently a Severo Ochoa Postdoc at Institut de Ciències del Mar. I have also worked at the University of East Anglia (UEA; UK), the University of Delaware (USA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST; USA), and Uni Research (Norway). My background includes several transatlantic oceanographic cruises and international research visits at outstanding research centres such as IFREMER (France), BIOS (Bermuda), and the Geophysical Institute (Norway). I am a member of the Scientific Steering Committee Panel of the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP) within the ‘Ocean Interior Observations from ships and autonomous vehicles’ Theme (2021-present). I also collaborate with the Ocean Carbonate System Intercomparison Forum (OCSIF), which advocates for needed research to resolve the internal inconsistencies of the ocean carbonate system data and provide guidance for data product assembly and documentation.

Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC), 8 March 2022. More information.

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Ocean Decade Laboratories: ocean acidification and multiple stressors

Date: 11 March 2022

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 am (CET)

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