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Public forum on threats to Oregon’s coastal future: sea level rise, ocean acidification

 The Coast Range Association, Surfrider Foundation and the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County will host a policy and science forum about three active threats to the Oregon’s coastal economic future. The event will kick off with brief updates on each issue.

Professor George Waldbasser will discuss ocean acidification and its impact on coastal fisheries. Professor Peter Ruggerio will discuss sea level rise and coastal beach erosion. Waldbasser and Ruggerio are professors at the OSU College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. Charlie Plybon, Oregon Policy Manager for Surfrider Foundation, will provide an update on the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s planned oil and gas leasing program off the Oregon coast.

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Assess, anticipate, adapt: vulnerability and responses to ocean acidification

There are areas in the United States where marine resources and the communities and industries that depend on them are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of ocean acidification. In three US regions, our understanding of vulnerability is being advanced by coupling ocean and social science data to equip communities and industries with the information needed to evaluate, anticipate, and adapt to ocean acidification.

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Sound Waters University: turning education into action

A popular one-day university for all things environmental is returning to South Whidbey in February 2018, but it comes with a slight wrinkle.

Sound Waters University is not allowing walk-in registration on the day of the event because of over capacity, organizers said. The event, held at South Whidbey High School, has risen in popularity since it began in the early 1990s. Attendance has grown from 150 in 2000 to 668 people at the conference in February 2017.

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Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network (MACAN) Webinar: citizen science

5 December, 1-2 PM.

The Webinar will highlight opportunities to use citizen science in acidification monitoring. Speakers: Parker Gassett (University of Maine), Emily Rivest (VIMS) and Charlie Plybon and Mara Dias (Oregon Surfrider).

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Surface ocean CO2 atlas (GOOS webinar)

Dr Dorothee Bakker, University of East Anglia (UEA) and Dr Kim Currie, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

Wednesday 15 November, 18:00 GMT/UTC

The Surface Ocean CO₂Atlas (SOCAT) is a synthesis activity for quality-controlled, surface ocean fCO₂(fugacity of carbon dioxide) observations by the international marine carbon research community (>100 contributors). SOCAT data is publicly available, discoverable and citable. SOCAT enables quantification of the ocean carbon sink and ocean acidification and evaluation of ocean biogeochemical models. SOCAT, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017, represents a milestone in biogeochemical and climate research and in informing policy. SOCAT data are released in versions. Each succeeding version contains new data sets as well as updates of older ones. The first version of SOCAT was released in 2011, the second and third version followed biennially. Automation allowed annual public releases since version 4. The latest SOCAT version (version 5) has 21.5 million observations from 1957 to 2017 for the global oceans and coastal seas. Calibrated sensor data are also available. SOCAT version 6 will be released in summer 2018. Data submissions for this next SOCAT version are very welcome, and the submission deadline is on the 15th of January 2018.


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Brown Bag Seminar – Eelgrass, blue carbon and ocean acidification: insight into the valuable and surprising ecosystem services provided by nearshore marine habitats in PNW waters

Presented by Dr. Jude Apple, Estuarine Ecologist and Research Coordinator, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in nearby Bayview, WA is part of a national network of reserves that are dedicated to research, monitoring, stewardship and management of coastal ecosystems and their associated watersheds. As Research Coordinator at Padilla Bay, Dr. Jude Apple provides oversight and guidance for research efforts and collaborations to address local, regional and national priorities regarding coastal ecosystem science and management. This talk will focus on work we are doing to quantify the capacity of coastal wetlands in the PNW (e.g. eelgrass, salt marsh) to sequester and store carbon (i.e. “blue carbon”)—and the potential mitigating effect eelgrass have on ocean pH and ocean acidification. The talk will also highlight work we are doing to examine the effect of climate change on water resources in the Skagit basin and hopefully open a discussion about shared priorities and potential opportunities for collaboration between Padilla Bay and WSU.


Date: 18 October
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Venue: Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 WA-536, Mt Vernon, WA 98273

Washington State University. More information.

Ocean acidification and other stories – overcoming climate anxiety at a time of global crisis (video)

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