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The ocean acidification day [June 8, 2017]: call for interest

Show your support to the OA-Africa network by joining the ocean acidification day on the June 8, 2017.

Ocean acidification is now identified as major threat to marine ecosystems and is one of the SDGs target: “14.3 Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels”. When it comes to understanding, projecting and anticipating the impacts of ocean acidification, some countries or even continents are left relatively unexplored. For example, no studies were performed on ocean acidification impacts along the coasts of Africa despite its biological and socio-economical vulnerability to future global changes.

This was the rationale behind the development of an ocean acidification Africa network. OA-Africa has been developed over three training courses (South Africa, Mozambique, Mauritius) and recently launched at a recent ocean acidification capacity building and networking workshop in Dakar, Senegal (13 – 16 February 2017). Prominent researchers representing several African coastal countries discussed the coordination and regional priorities for ocean acidification activities on the continent. Broadly, the network aims to coordinate on ocean acidification related research and monitoring, provide information and guidance to stakeholders and policy makers, and promote and advance ocean research through outreach and capacity building initiatives.

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Arctic Mission – Call for applications

Project initiator: Ms Laura Hampton, high latitude sailor and multi-media science journalist specialising in the oceans and Poles for the New Scientist and the BBC

Application deadline: 8 February 2017!

Arctic Mission involves three North Pole-related endeavours over the coming years, with scientific discovery at their heart.

In July 2017 we will attempt the first voyage by sailing yacht to the North Geographic Pole, the aim being to demonstrate to a global audience the extent of seasonal sea-ice loss (to date up to 40%) in the international waters of the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO).

We are offering three berths to researchers with interests in the Central Arctic Ocean with respect to fish (especially detection), plankton; and oceanography. A cetologist is confirmed.

The science onboard the yachts will be communicated daily to Arctic Mission’s audience through our media partners and specialist communications agencies. The aim is to begin the transformation of public understanding about the existence, function and value of the marine life in the CAO, with its long term protection the ultimate goal in the years ahead.

It should be understood that  priority will be given to researchers committing to embrace the opportunity to communicate their scientific work while aboard, and also committing to swift publication of results.

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BIOACID science portrait: Ulf Riebesell (video, in German; English subtitles)

Prof. Ulf Riebesell, marine biologist at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and coordinator of the German research network on ocean acidification BIOACID, has been among the first scientists who investigated the effects of carbon dioxide on marine organisms. When he found out that calcifying phytoplankton, microscopic algae that play an important role for the global climate, is affected negatively, he knew: “Something big is going on here and we have to get a grasp on this.”

High-tech mooring will measure beneath Antarctic ice

Research will provide 1st year-round record of CO2 levels

Earth’s oceans have soaked up about a third of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by humans through use of fossil fuels and other activities. That’s good news for those concerned with greenhouse warming, but bad news for the marine life that’s sensitive to the increasing acidity extra CO2 brings to ocean waters.

Elizabeth Shadwick, an assistant professor at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, has now deployed a high-tech mooring beneath the seasonally ice-covered waters around Antarctica to better understand ocean acidification in polar regions, particularly during the poorly studied winter months. Funding for her work comes from the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs.

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NOAA Ocean Acidification Program meeting, join the webinar!


Please register for NOAA Ocean Acidification Program Meeting- Scientific Findings and Accomplishments on Jan 4, 2017 8:15 AM PST at:

NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program will be meeting in Seattle, WA at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) January 4-6, 2017. At the meeting we will showcase how far the Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) has come since its inception 5 years ago. The meeting will start on January 4th with a focus on the findings of OAP-funded science that will be webcast for those who are interested. Please join us to hear about the scientific efforts and accomplishments supported by the OAP.

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Red Latinoamericana de Acidificación del Océano (LAOCA) – Latin-American Ocean Acidification Network (LAOCA) (video)

Video introducing the LAOCA Network, officially launched in December last year.

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OA-ICC bibliographic database updated

An updated version of the OA-ICC bibliographic database is now available online.

The database contains more than 3,900 references and includes citations, abstracts and assigned keywords. Updates are made on a regular basis.

Subscribe online or, for a better user experience, download the Mendeley Desktop application and sync with the group Ocean Acidification (OA-ICC). Please see the “User instructions” for further details.

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