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Turning the tides on ocean acidification

We are the 2018-2019 UCLA Undergraduate Research Team for Ocean Acidification in the Santa Monica Bay. Alongside the Bay Foundation and the Institute of Environmental Science (IoES) our team is working to continue this multi-year research project on kelp and sea grass. We aim to understand the effects of ocean acidification on these key underwater biomes and explore the future persistence of these ecosystem.

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Informing adaptation decisions for Alaska’s salmon fisheries

Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta).

Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta). Credit: NOAA

This project began in 2018 and will end in 2021

We are integrating multiple areas of research on the impacts of ocean acidification (OA) and the influence of “tipping points” (i.e., regime shifts) on Alaska’s fisheries, particularly chum salmon in the Gulf of Alaska. We will develop indicators based on a range of information, from fish prices to harvest volume and average fish size. The project will use results from a bio-economic model to create decision tools and OA fisheries adaptation strategies for salmon managers to minimize the risk of OA for salmon populations and those who depend on them.

Why We Care

Alaska is expected to experience ocean acidification faster than any other coastal waters in the United States, primarily due to its colder water which absorbs more carbon dioxide than warmer waters. With seafood industry job incomes over $1.5 billion annually and communities that rely on healthy oceans for subsistence, nutrition, and culture, increased ocean acidification is expected to have significant implications in Alaska. For Alaskans dependent on salmon, it is critical to understand how salmon may fare in a higher-acidity environment, and the cultural and economic implications of their response. There is a potential for environmental thresholds, which, once crossed are difficult if not impossible to reverse. Further, there is a need to better understand the ramifications for humans from these effects and the implications of how human society responds.

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Request for proposals: regional ocean acidification observing optimization study

Deadline: 4 March 2019

Description: The NOAA/OAR/Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) is soliciting proposals for studies investigating ocean acidification monitoring strategies that would offer an observing system design that best characterizes and tracks ocean acidification within U.S. Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) optimized towards characterizing the conditions most relevant to ecologically and economically important marine species. Funding is contingent upon the availability of Federal appropriations. It is anticipated that projects funded under this announcement will have a September 1, 2019 start date.

Total funding for this research: Applicants should submit proposals not to exceed $500,000 per year for projects generally 2-3 years in duration, with a total multi-year budget not to exceed $1,500,000 (Option 1: $350,000 per year for two years; Option 2: Up to $500,000 per year for three years). Should funds become available for this program, up to approximately $2,000,000 may be available in Fiscal Year 2019 for the first year of about 2-5 projects with expected start dates of September 1, 2019. Funding for this program is contingent upon availability of funds, which may not have been appropriated at the time of this announcement. While projects are expected to be 2-3 years in scope, funding may be spread over 4 federal fiscal years depending on how project timelines align with federal budgets. For proposals which involve a Regional Association of the Integrated Ocean Observing System, NOAA IOOS will contribute additional funding to cover RA costs to participate (up to 10% of the total project budget per year, over and above the OAP funding thresholds described above).

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Ocean for climate (video; in English, French, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese)


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Alaska Ocean Acidification Network’s “Ask A Scientist” series: Can ocean acidification be stopped or slowed down?



Brad Warren, the founder and director of Global Ocean Health, answers this question through the Alaska Ocean Acidification Network’s “Ask A Scientist” series.
Alaska Ocean Acidification Network, 27 September 2018. Video.


$11.75M awarded for ocean acidification, coral ecosystems, HABs, and hypoxia research in 2018

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) are pleased to announce a total of $4.37 million in funding for 16 new research awards in Fiscal Year 2018, with an additional $7.38 million for 30 continuing awards. The newly funded projects span the ecology and oceanography of harmful algal blooms (announced earlier this month), coastal hypoxia research, ocean acidification thresholds in coastal ecosystems, and coral ecosystem connectivity in the western Gulf of Mexico, and involve over 74 scientists at 39 institutions. All awards went through a rigorous competitive peer review process. Regions of research projects include the Great Lakes, New England, the Gulf of Mexico, coastal California, the Pacific Northwest, Chesapeake Bay, Alaska, and Florida.

NCCOS is funding the latest scientific research to support environmental managers coping with increasing and recurring toxic algae and hypoxia, potential loss of coral reef habitat, and the threats of ocean acidification. Improved understanding of these timely coastal threats will lead to better predictions, mitigation, and possible solutions to support safe and healthy coastal communities and economies.

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GOOS webinar: Integrated and interdisciplinary observations of the ecological impacts of ocean acidification

Time: Thursday, September 13, 2018 17: 00 UCT

Presenter: Rusty Brainard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Description: Ocean acidification is predicted to significantly impact coral reefs and the associated ecosystem services they provide to human societies. To inform, validate, and improve experiments and predictive modelling efforts, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) SubCommission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP), and many countries of the western and central Pacific Ocean have established an integrated, interdisciplinary observing network to assess spatial patterns and monitor long-term trends of the ecological impacts of ocean acidification on coral reef ecosystems.

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