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Alaska OA Network enters 2017 with new structure

As the Alaska Ocean Acidification Network approaches its first birthday, a new executive committee and a set of working groups are poised to help advance ocean acidification in Alaska.

“We are very grateful for the broad spectrum of people who helped get the network off the ground,” said Darcy Dugan, the network director.  “As our interim steering committee expanded to 20 people over the course of the year, we decided we could best harness the energy by identifying a small and nimble executive committee and a number of topic-specific working groups.”

The working groups will be focusing on the topics of Outreach & Communication, K-12 Education, Engagement with the fishing community, Engagement with Tribes, Policy, and Research & Monitoring.  Most are set to have their first meeting in the next month. If you are interested in joining a working group, please email Darcy at dugan@aoos.org.

The first meeting of the new executive committee took place February 16.  Members include:

  • Darcy Dugan– Alaska Ocean Observing System (Alaska OA Network Director)
  • Shallin Busch – NOAA Ocean Acidification Program
  • Dorothy Childers – Alaska Marine Conservation Council
  • Wiley Evans – Hakai Institute
  • Bob Foy – NOAA AFSC Kodiak Lab
  • Davin Holen – Alaska Sea Grant
  • Jeremy Mathis – NOAA Arctic Program/UAF Ocean Acidification Research Center

Summaries from committee meetings and updates from working groups will be posted on the Alaska OA Network website under “Network documents“.

Further information.

Global, U.S. leaders launch International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification, 13 December 2016, San Diego, California

To attend this press conference remotely, tune in to the event via Periscope livestream by following @PCCleads on Twitter!

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Today leaders representing U.S. cities, states, businesses and national governments from around the globe, joined together to sign onto the newly formed International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification. Members who commit to joining the OA Alliance will work collaboratively and individually to take actions that combat ocean acidification and changing ocean conditions, moving climate policy forward regardless of the national political winds.

Scientists have found that ocean acidification resulting from greenhouse gas emissions has increased by 30 percent and is expected to double over pre-industrial levels by the end of the 21stcentury. The oceans are the primary protein source for 2.6 billion people, and support $2.5 trillion of economic activity each year. However, drastic changes are occurring in our oceans – from oyster hatchery die-offs to coral reef bleaching – that are being felt by coastal communities around the world.

A formal launch event of the OA Alliance is taking place at Hotel del Coronado in San Diego on Tues. Dec. 13 at 10 a.m.

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Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC-Oceans) ceases operation, all activities to transition to NOAA

Dear Ocean Carbon Scientists,

Data management activities for the ocean component of the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC-Oceans) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have recently stopped and this letter provides information on steps being taken to minimize the impact of this stoppage on the oceanographic community. Data, numerical data packages (NDPs), data synthesis product pages, and utilities (such as CO2SYS) at CDIAC-Oceans will continue to be accessible through ORNL until September 30, 2017 when the entire CDIAC will fully cease operations.

Effective January 1, 2017, Alex Kozyr will become an Affiliate Staff member for NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) to support ocean carbon data management and provide customer support similar to what he has done at CDIAC. He will also assist in the transition of ocean carbon data management to NCEI.

NCEI is now archiving CDIAC’s ocean carbon data and will complete the transfer prior to CDIAC’s closure. A plan to integrate the content of CDIAC’s ocean carbon web sites and services is being developed, with a target completion date of March 31, 2017.

For more details on the transition and how to submit and access ocean carbon data in the future, please check out this page: http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/oceanacidification/ocads/transition.html.

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NOAA Grant opportunity: Regional Vulnerability Assessments for Ocean Acidification (RVA-OA17)

Application deadline: 13 January 2017

Description: The purpose of this document is to advise the public that NOAA/OAR/Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) is soliciting proposals for collaborative projects of up to 2 years in duration that synthesize ocean acidification information at a regional scale (e.g. Large Marine Ecosystem, large estuary or collection of small estuaries, and state or collection of states in US waters) to determine where societal vulnerabilities to ocean acidification exist or are emerging, in order to provide actionable information for marine resource decision makers. This funding opportunity will not support the collection of new chemical or ecological observations or species response data. Social science data collection is permitted. Funding is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2017 Federal appropriations.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education; other nonprofits; commercial organizations; state, local and Indian tribal governments; and Federal agencies. Applications from non-Federal and Federal applicants will be competed against each other.

Award Ceiling: $350,000

Further information.

Commitments on ocean acidification at the US Secretary Kerry’s “Our Ocean” conference 2016

The “Our Ocean” conference series, launched by US State Secretary John Kerry and organized by the US Department of State, came to its third edition on 15-16 September 2016. The goal of these conferences is to inspire the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, and civil society to identify solutions and commit to actions to protect and conserve our ocean and its resources.

Participants in the third “Our Ocean” conference in Washington, D.C.  announced over 136 new initiatives on marine conservation and protection valued at more than $5.24 billion, as well as new commitments on the protection of almost four million square kilometers (over 1.5 million square miles) of the ocean.

Ocean acidification was discussed as one of the key ocean issues of our time, alongside marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean. A number of commitments addressing ocean acidification were announced during the conference:

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UW makes waves in ocean acidification

Photo credit: E. Carrington

Photo credit: E. Carrington

The San Juan archipelago, perhaps most famous for its pod of southern resident killer whales, is also home to the UW’s world-renowned biological field station, the Friday Harbor Laboratory (FHL).

Built in 1910 on the former Point Caution military reserve, FHL has grown from a single building to a sprawling campus with over a dozen specialized laboratories.

A waterfront trail, which meanders past the stand-alone research buildings, serves as a timeline of the facility’s growth. The farther along the trail you go, the newer the labs become. Eventually, the trail dead ends at the newest addition: the Ocean Acidification Environmental Laboratory (OAEL).

Interest in ocean acidification at the UW began with professor of oceanography Richard Feely. Through his work with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Carbon Program, Feely highlighted worrisome trends in ocean chemistry and inspired scores of scientists to take a closer look.

“Ocean acidification was really off the radar for everyone 20 years ago,” said Emily Carrington, a professor of biology at the UW and the OAEL’s first director. “Largely because of [Feely’s] efforts and many others, the University of Washington and Washington State [University] are at the forefront of ocean acidification research, regionally and globally.”

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Monitoring ocean acidification on the Great Barrier Reef

wakmatha-rio-tinto-ocean-acidification-2We’re monitoring the response of the Great Barrier Reef to changes in water chemistry, including ocean acidity, and other stressors such as warming.

The Challenge

Ocean acidification: As the ocean absorbs greater amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, ocean acidity increases. Ocean acidification has the potential to reduce coral growth and weaken reef structures, threatening the diverse marine life that make up reef ecosystems. This may have serious implications for Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef.

To protect the Reef we need to understand how factors like water chemistry, including ocean acidity levels, can influence the growth of corals and other organisms across its many different habitats.

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