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2021 Ocean acidification and hypoxia RFP informational webinar (video)

Sea Grant California, 6 August 2021. Video.

Abstract submissions for ASLO 2021 due soon

Please consider submitting your abstract to the OA session (SS84) that will be held during the 2021 Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography conference, before 12 March 2021

The session is entitled ‘Ocean Acidification: trends and effects from local to regional scales‘. It will be co-chaired by colleagues from the OA Med-Hub (Steeve Comeau (France), Abed El Rahman Hassoun (Lebanon), Michele Giani (Italy)), but it is not restricted just to OA Med. scientists. So we are looking to receive abstracts from OA colleagues anywhere.

We are waiting the abstracts’ submissions #ASLO2021 here: https://www.aslo.org/2021-virtual-meeting/session-list/

Students who want to attend the 2021 ASLO Virtual Meeting are strongly encouraged to apply for a student award to help cover the cost of registration! Applications due with abstract submission (closes 12 March 2021).

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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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Upcoming webinar: Ocean Acidification in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico

GCAN Webinar Series Presents: Dr. Xinping Hu & Dr. Leticia Barbero

Date: August 21st @ 1:00pm EST

Description: A five-year (2013-2018) time-series of the carbonate chemistry data (pCO2, pH, and carbonate saturation state) collected in surface waters at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico (nwGOM) revealed variable temporal trends. pC O2 and pH showed significant positive (dpC O 2/dt = 5.0±1.1 μatm yr-1) and negative trends (dpH/dt = – 0.0040±0.0010 yr-1), respectively. Both trends were significantly greater than those observed in the open ocean. However, carbonate saturation states with respect to aragonite (Ωarag) did not exhibit statistically significant changes. The difference between these trends (or the lack of) may be partially due to the increase in sea surface temperature (0.25±0.09˚C yr-1), in addition to CO2 induced ocean acidification. In contrast,
significant decadal acidification (ΔpH ~ -0.1) in the subsurface waters (~50-250 m) w as observed in the broader nwGOM based on three separate cruises (2007, 2016, and 2017). Substantial accumulation of respirational CO2 along with atmospheric CO2 uptake may have both contributed to this acidification, but with many unknowns. We will discuss an upcoming project funded by the NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) that targets the ocean acidification problem in the nwGOM.

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Registration open: A Changing Arctic conference, 2-5 June 2020, Tromso, Norway

The FRAM Centre, Nature Climate Change, and Nature Reviews Earth and Environment are pleased to present

A Changing Arctic
June 2-5, 2020
Clarion Hotel The Edge, Tromsø, Norway

Description:
Robust evidence now exists for anthropogenically-forced shifts in the Earth’s environment. Observations in the Arctic reveal dramatic reductions in the extent and thickness of the sea ice, rising atmospheric temperatures, widespread permafrost degradation and ocean acidification. These changes bring with them implications for biology, ecosystem services and society in general.
Full understanding of current and projected Arctic environmental change is becoming an imperative in order to minimize and manage corresponding impacts. This conference aims to provide a forum for the three main themes of:

Land – incorporating ecological impacts, permafrost, and landscape evolution
Ocean (coastal and open) – incorporating physical changes, ocean acidification, and ecological impacts
The Future — covering social aspects and including mitigation, adaptation, exploration, and management

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Upcoming webinars hosted by the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification

Webinar 1: Coral Reefs in a High CO2 World: How are coral reefs experiencing acidification combined with additional stressors and what can governments do about it?

With presentations from:
NOAA Ocean Acidification Program
Brazilian Ocean Acidification Network (tentative)
Coral Reef Alliance
State of Hawaii Coral Program Lead

Webinar 2: Unveiling OA Action Plans: Members provide an overview of process and content for creating their government lead OA Action Plans including the tangible actions they are taking to respond to the threat of ocean acidification.

With presentations from:
New Zealand OA Community
Government of the Netherlands
State of Oregon
City of Vancouver, Canada

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Session on ocean acidification, 36th International Geological Congress, 2-8 March 2020, Delhi, India

The 36th International Geological Congress will be held on 2-8 March 2020 in Delhi, India, and will include a session on ocean acidification under the theme “Oceans in a Changing World”.

Session name: Response of Marine Organisms to Ocean Acidification

Session description: Over the last century, extensive anthropogenic activities on earth led to an unprecedented increase in the atmospheric CO2 concentration and thus warming our climate. The surface oceans absorb a substantial part of the anthropogenically emitted CO2 and increased accumulation of CO2 in the surface ocean waters is increasing H+ and bicarbonate ion (HCO3-1) concentrations, coupled with decreasing pH [acidification (OA)] and carbonate ion (CO3-2) concentrations. The major shift in dissolved inorganic carbon speciation in surface seawater is affecting calcium carbonate saturation state, which is vital for numerous marine calcifying organisms. There have also been examples of resilient species under low pH condition. Autotrophic organism, like phytoplankton may respond differently to this ocean changes since increasing CO2 may be beneficial to them as a substrate for photosynthesis. Our oceans also experiencing warming and hence, under collective (multi-) stress may become deleterious for marine biota. Further, ocean warming is resulting in major changes in ocean physics which may further change nutrient availability and light penetration. These may have potential to impact the entire food chain, fisheries resources and carbon cycling. This symposium intends to include field and laboratory studies on extent of ocean acidification and its impact on marine ecology, with particular emphasis on Indian waters.

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C-CAN webinar: genetics of larval fitness in the Pacific oyster: responses to acidified seawater and temporally dynamic selection processes

Date/time: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 1pm PT (4pm EST)

Presented by Dr. Evan Durland, Tjärnö – Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and hosted by Teri King, Washington Sea Grant.

Description: The Pacific oyster is the most widely farmed shellfish species worldwide and represents the backbone of a $250M/year shellfish industry in the Pacific Northwest United States (PNW). Oysters are highly fecund, capable of producing tens of millions of offspring per spawning event but larvae routinely suffer low rates of survival to juvenile stage. Over the past decade in the PNW, ocean acidification (OA) has additionally reduced survival of larval oysters, both for those spawned in commercial hatcheries for aquaculture operations and, likely, in naturalized oyster populations in this region. A considerable amount of research has focused on the physiological impacts of low pH/high pCO2 seawater on shell formation and the early development of oyster larvae but relatively little, by contrast, is known about the chronic effects of acidified seawater on larval development and survival through to settled juvenile ‘spat’. Furthermore, the effect that larval development and survival in acidified seawater has on the genetic composition of oyster larvae largely unknown.

This webinar will focus on recent work investigating the genetic components of larval oyster survival, both in ‘normal’ and OA seawater conditions. This work combines broad, stock-based, comparisons of larval fitness through settlement stage from domesticated and ‘wild’ stocks of oysters in the PNW along with highly resolved temporal patterns of genetic change during larval development. By integrating the results from several scopes of investigation, we can begin to gain a more comprehensive view of the prominent role that genetics plays in determining not only the overall survival rates of oyster larvae but how complex mechanisms of genetic selection also may accommodate an increased adaptive potential for this species to persist in challenging aquatic environments.

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AGU session on ocean acidification: Marine-based management of atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean acidification

The AGU Fall Meeting will be held on 9-13 December 2019 in San Francisco, CA. The meeting will include a session on ocean acidification titled “Marine-based management of atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean acidification”.

Session description: Ocean biology, chemistry and physics play a central role in naturally controlling oceanic/atmospheric CO2 levels. To avoid major global climate impacts and ocean acidification, reducing CO2 emissions is no longer sufficient; CO2 removal from the ocean/atmosphere system is now also required. This session will explore ways of restoring, enhancing, and augmenting naturally-occurring marine processes for regulating oceanic and atmospheric CO2 and ocean acidity levels. Specific examples include, but are not limited to: Blue Carbon, macrophyte introduction, aquaculture, permaculture, nutrient enrichment, marine BECCS, enhanced weathering, alkalinity addition, enhanced upwelling/downwelling, and chemical or physical seawater CO2 stripping, conducted at local to global scales. In addition to technical aspects, presentations on the economic, regulatory, policy, geopolitical, governance, legal and ethical implications of the preceding are also invited.

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Special session on ocean acidification at WIOMSA Symposium

The 11th WIOMSA Symposium will be held on 1-6 July 2019 in Mauritius, and will include a special session on 5 July focused on ocean acidification efforts in East Africa.

Description of the session:
The 1-day OA session will offer an opportunity for East African relevant stakeholders attending the 11th WIOMSA symposium at the University of Mauritius on 5 July to understand OA challenges while maintaining ecosystem health as well as livelihoods for local communities.

OA research and monitoring priorities for the conservation and management of the ocean and its resources will be highlighted as below:
1. To motivate government, stakeholders and civil society to change their attitudes toward CO2 emissions and the Ocean through a better understanding of the relationship between actions (or lack of), CO2 emissions, OA and
consequences for the ocean and human health.

2. To promote research, innovation and development to minimize and anticipate impacts of OA.

3. To present the OA White Paper for East Africa to a wide audience and include new concepts and ideas.

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Ocean acidification sessions at Oceans Sciences meeting, 16-21 Feb 2020

Title: Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020

Date: 16-21 February 2020

Location: San Diego, CA

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