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Ocean acidification session at Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean, 20 November 2018

Location:  UN Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

Session name:  Ocean acidification, promoting scientific knowledge and accelerating action

Meeting description: Asia-Pacific is home to the most biologically diverse and productive marine ecosystems on Earth -our ocean is a vital source of livelihood, employment, nutrition and economic growth in the region and is essential in balancing our climate. Yet, capacity of our ocean to sustain development in threatened by pollution, overfishing, climate change and inadequate governance. Countries in Asia-Pacific are both major sources of ocean degradation and highly vulnerable to its impacts.

At the halfway mark between the 2017 and 2020 Ocean Conference, this is the first event of its kind at the regional level that aims to take stock of progress made on Voluntary Commitments, to share lessons learned from ongoing efforts, expand the Communities of Ocean Action, and catalyse new Commitments for a healthy ocean in Asia-Pacific. Review of activities and Commitments will take place in the form of interactive discussions and presentations, exhibits and side events, along the themes of the Communities of Ocean Action and SDG 14 targets, in line with regional priorities.

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Webinar: Alkalinity in the Gulf of Maine (and beyond); new observations, insights, and opportunities

Time: Wed, Nov 14, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CET

Description: Ocean Acidification (OA) is a complex challenge in coastal waters, affecting a variety of groups across a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. Rising atmospheric CO2 levels drive the acidification process from one side, while changing river inputs and coastal circulation patterns provide pressures from another side. Caught in the middle are some of the most sensitive, economically valuable and highly populated areas of the world. Seawater is chemically buffered against acidification; however, this buffering is not evenly distributed around our coasts. Measurement of the buffering capacity, known as alkalinity, has been routine in open-ocean studies for decades, but have been limited in more dynamic coastal settings until relatively recently. Through several projects researchers at UNH, along with colleagues from other institutions, have been working to collect large amounts of alkalinity data in the Gulf of Maine and other regions, using both standard methods and new technology. Chris will discuss how these new in-situ data compare to regional alkalinity estimates and detail how new technology and observation opportunities can improve OA and carbon cycle science.

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Meeting: NYS Ocean Acidification Task Force

Date: 1 November 2018 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (US Eastern)

Location: 20 Endeavour Hall, South Campus, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794

Description:  The Ocean Acidification Task Force works to assess the impacts of ocean acidification on the ecological, economic, and social well-being of the State of New York in order to recommend actions to reduce these impacts. All are invited to observe and participate in this process.

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International symposium on ocean acidification -dialogues between scientists and stakeholders

Date: 10:00 -17:00, October 28, 2018 (Registration begins at 09:30)

Location: International Conference Hall, 1-15-16 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Description: With the development of scientific research in recent years, the issue of ocean warming and acidification has been attracting attention internationally from the perspective of policymaking. Especially with regards to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Target 14.3 of Goal 14 mentions the need to “Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels,” establishing the importance of addressing the issues, and highlighting the need for specific adaptation measures. In response to these issues, the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation will host the “International Symposium on Ocean Acidification -Dialogues between scientists and stakeholders-” (tentative). The symposium will aim to share knowledge of current situations on ocean warming and acidification, consider adaptation measures needed in future including enhancement and networking of monitoring methods, and conduct discussions on policy in the field of ocean science.

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Registration open for The Ocean Foundation’s interdisciplinary symposium and advanced training for Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin American and Caribbean Regional Symposium on Ocean Acidification – 21-24th of January, 2019

The objective of the symposium is for attendees to leave with an understanding of what implications ocean acidification has on their work and what tools are available to integrate ocean acidification monitoring, mitigation, and resilience into their work.

Click here to learn more about the Symposium and register.

Download the Symposium flyer

Advanced Ocean Acidification Training Workshop – 28th of January to 1st of February, 2019

This workshop is part of a series of capacity building trainings organized by The Ocean Foundation and its partners, including The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (IAEA OA-ICC), and supported by multiple funding partners, including the U.S. Department of State and the Swedish International Development Agency. This regional workshop is co-organized by the Latin America Ocean Acidification Network (LAOCA Network).

The training will focus on the use of the GOA-ON in a Box monitoring kit – a suite of equipment developed by Drs. Christopher Sabine and Andrew Dickson, The Ocean Foundation, The IAEA OA-ICC, GOA-ON, and Sunburst Sensors. This kit provides all hardware (sensors, lab-ware) and software (QC programs, SOPs) required to collect weather-quality carbonate chemistry data.

Click here to learn more about the Advanced Training Workshop and apply to attend.

Download the Advanced Training Workshop flyer.

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Ocean acidification session at OceanVisions 2019 Conference

Dates: 1-4 April 2019

The deadline to apply for travel grants is 30 October 2018.

The OceanVisions2019 – Climate Summit “Successes in resilience, adaptation, mitigation, and sustainability” is co-organized by researchers at Georgia Tech, Stanford University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Smithsonian Institution in coordination with the IOC-UNESCO, the Ocean Conservancy and Georgia Aquarium. The goal is to highlight ocean-based science and engineering successes in the areas of resilience, adaptation, mitigation and sustainability and promote scalable solutions across human, climate and ecological dimensions.

SESSION III – Protecting Ocean Health: Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia

Co-Chairs: Sara Cooley (Ocean Conservancy), Kirsten Isensee (IOC-UNESCO), Frank Stewart (Georgia Tech), Kostas Konstantinidis (Georgia Tech) 

This session will highlight advances in science and engineering that enable innovative strategies for understanding, managing, and predicting the rising threats associated with ocean acidification and deoxygenation. These include expanding and improving observation systems and research, exploring submerged aquatic vegetation as a management tool, advancing modeling to identify drivers of acidification and deoxygenation (and potential hotspots), and exploring impacts to water quality. The goal of this session is to identify case studies that inform near-term and long-term strategies for dealing with the challenges associated with ocean acidification and deoxygenation now and in the future.

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Abstract submission open: ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting 2019 acidification session

The ASLO 2019 Aquatic Sciences Meeting will include a session on Acidification (session #CS05).

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: 22 October 2018

Meeting information: ASLO 2019 Aquatic Sciences Meeting: Planet Water Challenges and Successes, 23 February – 2 March 2019, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Meeting description: A wealth of topics will be discussed at the meeting, many stemming from key areas of importance to the area itself at this crucial time – the role of science at the center of all economic, societal and environmental recovery and development efforts, studies on renewable energy, environmental sustainability, clean water, and rebuilding and maintaining terrestrial ecosystems. 

Science and innovative problem-solving are keys to creating a better and more resilient world, and this speaks truth to the residents of Puerto Rico. While ASLO’s meeting in San Juan will benefit Puerto Rico for the short-term, the outcomes of the ASLO 2019 Aquatic Sciences Meeting can impact the island for the long-term.  This presents an excellent opportunity for ASLO to showcase how they are doing their part to train scientists in communication to the public and to teach effective research skills to future generations. As with all ASLO meetings, organized activities will be available that will allow participants to use culturally-relevant projects and strategies to make science more engaging. 

The scientific program will take place Sunday, 24 February, through Friday, 1 March.  The full meeting dates are set Saturday, 23 February, to Saturday, 2 March, to allow meeting participants to take part in educational activities, volunteer opportunities, and culturally relevant events that will focus on environmental and ecosystem restoration as well as the resilience of the land.

Submitting abstracts: Please send your submissions to session co-chairs Chris Langdon ( and George Waldbusser ( in addition to submitting them at the meeting website.

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