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Promoting ocean acidification awareness and research in Africa

At the upcoming OA Day of Action to be held in Liberia, OA-Africa is hosting a side event event in partnership withThe Ocean Foundation, the IAEA OA-ICC, Future Earth Coasts, Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia, National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority, and the Liberia Maritime Authority. The objective of the OA-Africa side event is to promote and facilitate a community of awareness around ocean acidification to communicate, develop, and facilitate international activities on ocean acidification, including science, capacity building, and communication. We find that the work on ocean acidification is better appreciated when scientists, industry practitioners, and policymakers collaborate and speak a common language.

The Ocean Acidification Day of Action will be hosted by the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia in cooperation with the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Center (OA-ICC).

Ocean acidification often referred to as “the other CO2 problem”, is a perturbation of ocean chemistry as a consequence of human CO2 emission. It has been shown to be a major threat to marine ecosystems worldwide, and is the focus of the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14.3. Since 2015, African scientists are actively collaborating to address this issue by advancing ocean acidification research throughout the continent as part of the OA-Africa network.

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Reaching consensus on assessments of ocean acidification trends

Scientists are working to establish a common methodology for evaluating rates of change in—and the various mechanisms that affect—acidification across ocean environments.

Media coverage concerning carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into Earth’s atmosphere most often focuses on how these emissions affect climate and weather patterns. However, atmospheric CO2 is also the primary driver for ocean acidification, because the products of atmospheric CO2 dissolving into seawater reduce seawater’s pH and its concentration of carbonate ions. Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the acidity of the ocean has increased by over 30%.

Some organisms in the ocean may struggle to adapt to increasingly acidified conditions, and even resilient life-forms may have a harder time finding food. Higher CO2 levels in ocean water also make it difficult for shellfish to build their shells and corals to form their reefs, both of which are made of carbonate compounds.Ocean acidification affects the overall health of marine ecosystems as well as societal concerns about food security.Ocean acidification, which affects the overall health of marine ecosystems as well as societal concerns about food security, has emerged as a major concern for decision-makers on local, regional, and global scales. Indeed, ocean acidification is now a headline climate indicator for the World Meteorological Organization.

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Travel support available from the IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) in the 5th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World, 7-10 September 2020, Lima, Peru

The 5th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World, 7-10 September 2020 in Lima, Peru, is expected to attract more than 500 scientists in the field. 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. More information on the programme can be found on the Symposium website (http://www.highco2-lima.org/).

The IAEA’s Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (http://www.iaea.org/ocean-acidification) will support the attendance of selected participants from eligible Member States to present their work and foster international collaboration.

Deadline for nominations through competent official authorities: 6 March 2020

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

Call for Abstracts – 5th Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World, Lima, Peru, 7-10 September 2020

The Symposium is the place to share cutting-edge science in a rapidly developing frontier of research dealing with the science of ocean acidification and other drivers of change. The Symposium will feature keynote talks by some of the leading experts in the field, as well as special events on ocean acidification and aquaculture, carbonate chemistry, the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), and the Latin American Ocean Acidification Network (LAOCA).

For more information on the Symposium themes, abstract submissions and meeting details, please visit the Symposium website at http://www.highco2-lima.org.

Key dates:
– 6 March 2020, abstract submission deadline
– 15 April 2020, abstract and travel support applicants notified
– 5 June 2020, early registration closes
– 21 August 2020, registration closes
– 7 September 2020, on-site registration

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Call for abstracts: ocean acidification session at the 6th International Marine Conservation Congress

A session on “What determines species sensitivity to a rapidly changing ocean? Identifying solutions for conservation and management” (SSO-26) is organized by Kirti Ramesh, Frank Melzner and Sam Dupont at the 6th International Marine Conservation Congress.

Location/time: Kiel, Germany, 24-27 August 2020

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: 24 February 2020

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Cooperation of the IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) in the 5th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World, 7-10 September 2020, Lima, Peru

The 5th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World, 7-10 September 2020 in Lima, Peru, is expected to attract more than 500 scientists in the field. 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. More information on the programme can be found on the Symposium website (http://www.highco2-lima.org/).

The IAEA’s Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (http://www.iaea.org/ocean-acidification) will support the attendance of selected participants from eligible Member States to present their work and foster international collaboration.

Deadline for nominations through competent official authorities: 6 March 2020

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

First Call for Abstracts – 5th Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World, Lima, Peru, 7-10 September 2020

The Symposium is the place to share cutting-edge science in a rapidly developing frontier of research dealing with the science of ocean acidification and other drivers of change. The Symposium will feature keynote talks by some of the leading experts in the field, as well as special events on ocean acidification and aquaculture, carbonate chemistry, the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), and the Latin American Ocean Acidification Network (LAOCA).

For more information on the Symposium themes, abstract submissions and meeting details, please visit the Symposium website at http://www.highco2-lima.org.

Key dates:
– 6 March 2020, abstract submission deadline
– 15 April 2020, abstract and travel support applicants notified
– 5 June 2020, early registration closes
– 21 August 2020, registration closes
– 7 September 2020, on-site registration

More information and abstract submission. 

Call for abstracts: International Indian Ocean Science Conference, 16-20 March 2020, Goa, India

Conference Description: The Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2) was launched in December 2015 at the culmination of the Indian Ocean Conference at Goa to mark the completion of 50 years of first International Indian Ocean Expedition. The IIOE-2 is a multi-national, multi-institutional programme to advance our understanding of the physical, chemical, biological, geological and climatological aspects of the Indian Ocean to enhance its role on the socio-economy of the region.

Abstract submission deadline: 15 October, 2019

Sessions:
01: IIOE-2 contribution to sustainable development: toward the UN Decade of ocean science
02: Impacts of climate change on the Indian Ocean
03: Circulation and Boundary currents in the Indian Ocean
04: Ocean observations and data in the Indian Ocean: toward an ocean data information system
05: Biogeochemistry and Microbiology of the Indian Ocean: Recent advances
06: Ecology of the Indian Ocean: Understanding and Predictability
07: Air-Sea interactions, exchange of trace gases and related processes
08: Atmospheric Chemistry and pollution
09: Coastal and estuarine processes: Anthropogenic impacts and vulnerabilities
10: Climate and monsoon variability: Lessons from paleo-climatic studies and links to polar regions
11: Inter-basin interactions in the Indian Ocean
12: Marginal seas of the Indian Ocean
13: Geology, geophysics and seabed mapping of the Indian Ocean
14: Extreme events and their impacts

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Upcoming webinar: We’ve got chemistry! Leveraging partnerships and the Ocean Acidification Information Exchange to advance ocean acidification and MPA science

Event Date: Wednesday, September 25 at 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

Description: Marine protected areas (MPAs), sanctuaries, and reserves offer refuge to a wide variety of marine species, but can they also protect vulnerable organisms from the effects of ocean acidification (OA) and other climate-related stressors? Increasingly, OA scientists and MPA managers are working together to explore questions of adaptability in marine protected areas to explore this question and sharing their ideas on a dynamic new online platform called the OA Information Exchange (OAIE). In this webinar, we will: 1) provide an orientation to the OAIE to the MPA community and other new users, 2) describe how innovative collaborations between researchers and volunteer scientists are advancing both OA and MPA science in the Oregon Marine Reserves, and 3) provide examples of efforts to document changing ocean conditions and understand potential impacts of ecosystem change in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, including how the development of a sentinel site for ocean acidification on the Olympic Coast supports OA coordination and collaboration in Washington.

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Upcoming webinar: Integrated modeling of OAH: supporting management in the California Current

Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 7:00-9:00 pm CEST

Description: The purpose of this webinar is to share an update on a 6-year effort to build an integrated model of the California Current System and apply it to investigations of ocean acidification and hypoxia, including local anthropogenic inputs and climate change. Panelists will:
provide an update on the status of the modeling system;
share early examples of model applications; and,
discuss how the model investments are already being leveraged to applications beyond acidification and hypoxia.

Panelists:
Jim McWilliams, UCLA Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Curtis Deutsch, University of Washington School of Oceanography
Fayçal Kessouri, Biogeochemistry Department, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Daniele Bianchi, UCLA Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

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