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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)

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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


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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

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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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Ocean Decade Laboratory visit: A healthy and resilient ocean

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Ocean acidification in British Columbia’s coastal waters

Date: 2 March 2022

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm (PST)

Location: Vancouver Island University, 900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5, Canada View Map

Description: Learn about ocean acidification and the impact it will have on BC’s coast. Presented by Dr. Wiley Evans.

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2022 Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM)

Date: 24 February – 4 March 2022

Location: online

To present their work and explore emerging research on the ocean, a number of our scientists and staff are attending the virtual 2022 Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) from February 24 through March 4, 2022. This international meeting brings together scientists, educators, students, and other professionals for scientific exchanges about all aspects of marine sciences and oceanography.

Check out the topics below to learn more about some of the products and services that our scientists are highlighting at the meeting. Follow #OSM22 on social media for more updates on the Ocean Sciences Meeting.

NCEI Talks, Posters, and Presentations

Date: 4 March 2022

Time: 2:30 pm (EST)

Title: A New Acidification Visualization from a Time-series Analysis of Selected Stations from NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Observing Network (NOA-ON),


Fixed time-series observations have been crucial in documenting changes in oceanic carbonate chemistry and long-term trends in ocean acidification (OA) resulting from the uptake of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Acidification Observing Network (NOA-ON) consists of open-ocean, coral reef, and coastal moored buoy stations deployed with autonomous sensors that provide high quality, continuous measurements of surface carbonate chemistry conditions. Here, we present a time-series analysis of the offshore California Current station (CCE1), the inshore California Current station (CCE2), and the Gulf of Maine station (GoM) to identify potentially stressful conditions with respect to OA. To assess seasonal variations in carbonate chemistry, we constructed daily and monthly climatologies of observed and derived parameters. Daily averaged derived carbonate parameters were compared to monthly climatological means to identify persistent  periods of anomalously-low aragonite saturation state (ΩARAG) and pH conditions occurring throughout each time-series record. The inshore California Current station was found to be more dynamic than the offshore station, exhibiting frequent acidification stress events in both saturation state and pH. Further, the results indicate a pronounced seasonal variation in dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and saturation state that reflect the influence of primarily biology and salinity dynamics. The Gulf of Maine exhibited sporadic, low-intensity events observed during the full deployment period of the buoy. We find no observed change in the frequency of stressful events over the time-series of the three stations, however, detecting such conditions requires continuous monitoring and longer time-series be maintained.

Time: 2:35 pm (EST)

Title: Lower cost and complexity for coastal carbonate chemistry measurements: the pCO2 to Go as a tool for observations and adaptation


Coastal carbonate chemistry is dynamic and driven by a large number of factors, often necessitating localized measurements to understand conditions at the small scales that are relevant for organisms that live in shallow or intertidal environments. Yet, human communities that rely on these nearshore natural resources for consumption, livelihoods, and cultural practices have limited tools to monitor local conditions to understand vulnerability to ongoing ocean acidification. The pCO2 to Go is hand-held, low-cost analyzer that can be deployed in nearshore environments and in coastal spaces such as hatcheries to measure pCO2. With equilibrator options that allow for measurements to be made directly at the surface as well as from seawater samples, this system can be used in a number of environments that cannot currently be captured by complementary, long-term monitoring stations. Access to and training with this analyzer system will empower hatcheries who have many factors to consider during production–temperature, food availability, oxygen–to more easily monitor the saturation state of incoming seawater, then use regional knowledge of alkalinity characteristics and the included manipulation application to buffer tanks as needed. The analyzer, application, and methodology are currently being tested at shellfish hatcheries that include the Alutiiq Pride Marine Institute. Additionally, users who pair the pCO2 to Go with other measurements to constrain the  carbonate chemistry system can contribute valuable coastal data to increase spatial coverage as well as research understudied habitats, such as clam gardens. Low-cost, portable tools such as the pCO2 to Go are needed to help stakeholders adapt to changing ocean conditions while providing opportunities to address data gaps, benefitting coastal models, vulnerability assessments, and other products.

Time: 2:40 pm (EST)

Title: The olympic coast as a sentinel: biological risk results from an integrated social-ecological vulnerability assessment for ocean acidification


This collaborative social-ecological research effort, developed through a place-based, transdisciplinary approach to assess ocean acidification vulnerability on a regional scale, has yielded unique and actionable oceanographic results.  Our study area, the Olympic Coast of Washington State, has been home for millennia to four coastal treaty tribes, and is already experiencing effects of ocean acidification, hypoxia, and marine heatwaves, which pose risks to marine resources that coastal communities and tribes depend on for their well-being. We brought together a variety of biophysical and social data across ocean spatial gradients and human systems to better understand the whole, to anticipate the effect of cumulative stressors, and to outline adaptive responses for healthy and resilient communities. Our place-based approach to assess regional vulnerability follows a process involving social and oceanographic steps: scope local risk and priority needs; understand social importance of marine species; analyze variability in chemical and biological data; project future ocean conditions; assess frequency, duration, and location of harmful oceanographic events; evaluate risks to resources important to community partners; analyze socioeconomic conditions; assess social vulnerability to OA; identify community-driven strategies to respond to threats and increase adaptive capacity; provide critical information to decision-makers to prepare for and respond to OA vulnerabilities; monitor, evaluate, and reiterate. In this talk we present the oceanographic, biological, and risk assessment results, which were focused by the input of the tribal communities.

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Seminar: coastal acidification in estuaries: lessons of vulnerability and exposure from the Eastern oyster

Date: 16 February 2022

Time: 3:30 pm in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Location: online

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Presenter: Emily Rivest, Assistant Professor, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Description: Rosenberg Institute Seminar Series at the Estuary & Ocean Science Center

Predicting exposure and vulnerability of estuarine ecosystems to coastal acidification requires a good understanding of global ocean acidification as well as the complex, existing spatial and temporal gradients in carbonate chemistry. To anticipate effects of coastal acidification on coastal species, like the Eastern oyster, it is crucial to characterize existing variability in carbonate chemistry and interpret this variability in the context of a population’s tolerance thresholds. First, I will discuss emerging results from investigations of acidification tolerance thresholds in Eastern oysters. Then, I will present a case study for leveraging water quality time series to explore excursions of water chemistry below physiological tolerance thresholds. Then, I will summarize of our efforts to characterize regional drivers of exposure and vulnerability, including submerged aquatic vegetation and stakeholder resilience. This work provides important insight on when and where impacts of coastal acidification on Eastern oysters may first emerge in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Bio: Dr. Emily Rivest is an Assistant Professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. Her research focuses on understanding physiological mechanisms of tolerance of environmental change, both natural and anthropogenic, in ecologically and economically important species, like oysters, hard clams, and American lobster. She is an expert in ocean acidification research, conducting laboratory experiments that simulate future water conditions and using oceanographic instruments to characterize dynamic coastal environments. Emily is passionate about doing science that addresses stakeholder needs, often collaborating directly with members of the aquaculture industry. She is also an avid science communicator.

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FB2 Seminar: ocean acidification research in the Mediterranean Sea

Date: 14 February 2022

Time: 1:15 pm

Location: online via Zoom

Meeting-ID: 824 7520 1918
Kenncode: 966611

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One Ocean Summit

Date: 9-11 February 2022

Location: Brest, Brittany – France

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The ocean covers more than 70% of the surface of our planet, yet too often remains on the sidelines of major European and international events.

The ocean is a regulator of major environmental balances, and climate in particular, a provider of resources, an important enabler of trade, and an essential link between countries and human communities. However, it is now seriously threatened by numerous pressures, such as the effects of climate change, pollution or the overexploitation of marine resources.

In an effort to mobilise the international community and take tangible action to mitigate such pressures on the ocean, the President of the French Republic has decided to organise a One Planet Summit dedicated to the ocean, scheduled to take place in Brest on 9-11 February 2022. The “One Ocean Summit” will be held in the context of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the support of the United Nations.

The goal of the One Ocean Summit is to raise the collective level of ambition of the international community on marine issues and to translate our shared responsibility to the ocean into tangible commitments.

On 9 and 10 February, more than thirty events (workshops, forums, roundtables and other initiatives) will be held ahead of the high-level segment, to engage the “international maritime community”, addressing a myriad topics of global scope to look at all dimensions of the ocean and propose solutions, beyond the existing status assessments.

On 11 February in the morning, President Emmanuel Macron will bring together a small but determined group of Heads of State and Government, leaders of multilateral institutions, business leaders and civil society policymakers to take ambitious commitments. Several important initiatives will be launched on this occasion in favour of marine ecosystem protection and sustainable fisheries, intended to fight pollution, in particular from plastics, respond to the impacts of climate change, as well as advocate for improved governance of the oceans.

All events scheduled during the three days of the One Ocean Summit will take place at Ateliers des Capucins. Several other events open to the public will be held in a number of sites in the city of Brest.

You are invited to share initiatives and solutions with the other stakeholders involved in this first edition of the One Ocean Summit, and discover tangible actions addressing the major challenges threatening the ocean’s future.

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Seminar: patterns of subsurface ocean acidification in the North Pacific Ocean and California Current System

Date: 18 February 2022

Time: 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM PST

Location: via Zoom

Presenter: Mar Arroyo, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Santa Cruz, Ocean Sciences

Event: Chemical Oceanography Lunch Seminar

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VIU science and technology community lecture series: ocean acidification in British Columbia’s coastal waters

Date: 2 March 2022

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Location: virtual

Description: Ocean acidification is a chemical change in seawater that is caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As carbon dioxide increases in the atmosphere from human activity, this chemical change intensifies and impacts marine life. This talk will review what we know and what we need to know about the patterns and impacts of ocean acidification in British Columbia coastal waters.

Bio: Dr. Wiley Evans is a chemical oceanographer at the Hakai Institute in British Columbia, Canada. He completed his PhD at Oregon State University studying carbon dioxide exchange between the ocean and atmosphere from northern California to southeast Alaska. He then worked on monitoring ocean acidification as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and then as a research associate at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory before joining the Hakai Institute. Wiley manages Hakai Institute’s Ocean Acidification Program and is the co‐chair for the British Columbia Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Action Plan led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.

Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) spring 2022 Science and Technology Lecture Series is shining the spotlight on climate change research.

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges currently facing humanity, and everyone will be impacted by the rapid environmental changes that are currently occurring on Earth,” says Dr. Tim Stokes, a VIU Earth Sciences Professor and the series coordinator and organizer.

At each lecture, researchers will share their findings on climate change science and delve into topics such as investigating changing snowpacks in Coastal BC, water resource management on Vancouver Island, and tracking past shifts in sea levels and their effects on humans. The Science and Technology Lecture Series has been offered almost every spring term for the last 15 years and was created as an opportunity for researchers to share their findings on a range of different science issues and topics with the VIU community and the public.

The series runs on Wednesdays, from 7-8 pm, from January 19 to April 6. There is no lecture on February 23, during VIU’s Reading Week. Lectures are offered in-person at Building 355, Room 203 at VIU’s Nanaimo campus and most lectures will be live streamed via Zoom. In-person attendance is at a reduced capacity of 50% and attendees must provide proof of vaccination and wear masks at all times. For Zoom links or to register to attend in-person lectures please visit the Science and Technology Community Lecture Series website.

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Basic training course on ocean acidification

Date: 14 – 19 March 2022

Location: The Kristineberg Marine Research Station, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Deadline for applications: 24 January 2022

Background Information: The course will be based on previous courses on ocean acidification held as part of the activities of the IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative project “Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre” (OA-ICC) and partners, and the document “Guide to Best Practices in Ocean Acidification Research and Data Reporting” (see

Purpose: To train early-career scientists and researchers entering the ocean acidification field with the goal to assist them to be able to measure and manipulate seawater carbonate chemistry, set up pertinent experiments, avoid typical pitfalls and ensure comparability with other studies, in a sustainable way.

Expected Outputs: Increased capacity to measure and study ocean acidification and increased networking among scientists working on ocean acidification. Initiate/deepen connections with international networks such as the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON).

Scope and Nature: The training will include lectures in plenary and hands-on experiments in smaller groups (the level will depend on the basic knowledge of the selected participants). Subjects to be covered include: theoretical aspects of ocean acidification from chemistry to society, the characterization of the seawater carbonate chemistry including making TRIS buffer, calibration of pH electrodes, measurement of alkalinity, software packages used to calculate CO2 system parameters, key aspects of ocean acidification experimental design, such as manipulation of seawater chemistry, biological perturbation approaches, and lab- and field-based methods for measuring organism responses to seawater chemistry changes, including nuclear and isotopic techniques.

Participation: The course is open to 15 trainees. Priority will be given to early-career scientists who begin to work in the ocean acidification area. Experts interested in starting ocean acidification studies would be welcome, space permitting. As identified by the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) European hub, there is a strong need for capacity building in Europe. For this training, priority will be given to European but applications from other countries are welcome.

Qualifications: The participants should have a university degree in marine chemistry, biology, oceanography or a related scientific field, and should be currently involved in or planning to set up ocean acidification studies.

Application Procedure: Selection will be based on merit and interest. Your applications should include:

  • A motivation letter with a short description of your research interest, why you would like to participate, and your plans regarding present and future ocean acidification research (max one A4 page)
  • CV with publication list
  • Applications must be received by not later than 24 January 2022 for the attention of the course organizer, Dr. Sam Dupont (
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Oregon shellfish in an acidified ocean

Date: 8 January 2022

Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am PST

Location: Virtual

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Cape Perpetua Winter Speaker Series

Enjoy a variety of free educational presentations hosted by the Cape Perpetua Collaborative. Guest speaker presentations will be held many Saturdays at 10:00am, January through mid-March. All events are free and held virtually on Zoom this season.

Presenting Steve Rumrill, Shellfish Program Leader, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Changes to the global atmosphere result in regional shifts in Oregon’s nearshore ocean conditions. As ocean waters throughout the Pacific Basin become more acidified, the biogeochemistry of marine waters also changes along the thin ribbon of the Oregon coast and in bays and estuaries. These open coast and estuarine areas are inhabited by diverse communities of shellfish, including oysters, clams, mussels, abalone, crab, shrimp, sea stars sea urchins, and many others. The presentation will describe ocean acidification as an emerging threat to marine communities, provide a description of the potential impacts to commercially and recreationally valuable groups of shellfish, and characterize the capacity of living shorelines such as kelp beds and eelgrass to serve as a buffer to acidified marine waters.

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Thinking pink: investigating the impacts of ocean acidification and warming on larval Oregon pink shrimp

Date: 14 December 2021

Time: 05:30 PM Pacific Time (PT)

Location: online

Organizer: The Cape Perpetua Collaborative 

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The Oregon pink shrimp (Pandalus jordani) fishery is Oregon’s second most profitable fishery. This fishery was also the first shrimp fishery in the world to be certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. Despite its economic value, not much research has been performed on this species. To better understand Oregon pink shrimp physiology and possible responses of this species to future ocean conditions, we exposed larval P. jordani to different combinations of projected ocean acidification and warming and measured changes in growth and respiration

Young Scientist Webinar Series 2021-2022

The Cape Perpetua Collaborative is hosting a Young Scientist Webinar Series featuring graduate students and postdocs sharing their ocean research. This series will take place October – April on the second Tuesday of the Month at 5:30pm.

About the Presenter

Michelle Baotran Nguyen is a first-generation Vietnamese American born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She received her B.S. from Texas A&M University at Galveston, where she majored in marine biology and minored in oceanography and SCUBA diving. During college, Michelle realized her passion for invertebrate physiology, which led her to pursue her M.S. at Oregon State University. While at OSU, she investigated the impacts of ocean acidification and warming on Oregon pink shrimp larvae. Come 2022, she will be embarking on her next adventure as a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow. When Michelle is not in the lab, you can find her baking, running, or country western dancing.

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Kristineberg talks: why you should care about ocean acidification and what you can do about it?

Date: 24 January 2022

Time: 10:00 – 10:30

Location: online

Organizer: Kristineberg marine research station, the University of Gothenburg

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Ocean acidification is another consequence of our carbon dioxide emissions. It is an invisible threat but with real consequences for the ocean but also for us. This talk will answer a few questions: What is ocean acidification? How will ocean acidification affect the ocean? How is ocean acidification affecting things we care about? How do we know? What can we do about it? And finally, what can YOU do about it?

Sam Dupont is a marine biologist working on the effect of human impacts on marine life. He is also working on the development of innovative science communication and education strategies to tackle global challenges. The third aspect of his work aims at building capacities for marine science in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Kristineberg Talks is a series of lectures where researchers at the station talk about their research and the sea in an easily accessible and exciting way. The lectures are aimed at anyone who is interested in the sea, its organisms and the latest research.

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