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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.

Reminder: Scientists, contribute to the OA-ICC data compilation on the biological response to ocean acidification!

Numerous papers report the effects of ocean acidification on marine organisms and communities, but it has been difficult to compare the results since the carbonate chemistry and ancillary data are often reported in different units and scales, and calculated using different sets of constants.

In response to this problem, a data compilation on the biological response to ocean acidification initiated by the EU projects EUR-OCEANS and EPOCA has been resumed in the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) project “Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC)”. Tens of data sets have been archived in the past several months, bringing the total number of data sets to over 700. These data are open-access at Pangaea at Relevant data already archived at BCO-DMO, BODC and AAD are also included in this data compilation with links to original data sets and projects.

If you are a scientist publishing on the biological response to ocean acidification, you will likely be contacted in the future. The OA-ICC thanks you in advance for sharing your data, it is a great way to get more cited!

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