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NOAA Grant Opportunity – Ocean Acidification Coastal Research: Uniting Investigations and Shipboard Experiments (OA CRUISE)

Deadline for submission of proposals: 18 September 2023

NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) is soliciting cruise project proposals to complement core observing activities on existing cruises as part of its upcoming coastal ocean acidification (OA) cruises targeting the US Coastal Large Marine Ecosystems. The proposed activities should provide for expanded OA observational and experimental capabilities of repeated oceanographic research cruises to better achieve the strategic aims of the program.

Projects should expand existing capabilities of the OAP supported research cruises conducted along the coastal US. Projects should be aimed towards fulfilling the OA Cruise Science Priority Guidance Level 2 and Level 3 activities. Proposals should demonstrate how their proposed efforts in concert with the Level 1 core activities/measures would better address regionally relevant objectives in the NOAA Ocean, Coastal, and Great Lakes Research Plan: 2020-2029.

Subject to the availability of funding, OAP anticipates approximately $1,000,000 will be available to support approximately 5-10 projects total, with each project funded at the approximate level of $100,000 – $200,000 total. Project duration should not exceed 3 years.

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Ocean alkalinity enhancement project looks at pulling carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

Newswise — Woods Hole, Mass. (June 7, 2023) – With human-induced greenhouse gases fueling global climate change, there is an urgent need to bolster emissions reductions with large-scale carbon dioxide removal.

Scientists are looking at a technique known as ocean alkalinity enhancement, or OAE, as a potential way to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

As part of this effort, Adam Subhas, an assistant scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts, is the principal investigator leading the LOC-NESS project—short for “Locking away Ocean Carbon in the Northeast Shelf and Slope”—which will carry out its first field experiment in August.

LOC-NESS is one of nine research and engineering projects funded to date by the Carbon to Sea Initiative, which officially launches today as an effort to accelerate the understanding of OAE as a potential method for large-scale carbon dioxide removal.

ICONIQ Impact, which is ICONIQ Capital’s platform for collaborative philanthropy, has matched the funding from Carbon to Sea for the LOC-NESS project. ICONIQ Impact searches for overlooked, underfunded organizations working on some of the most intractable challenges facing humanity–including climate change and systemic barriers to education in the U.S.

OAE is a carbon dioxide removal approach that enhances the ocean’s natural ability to remove carbon from the atmosphere, according to Subhas, a marine geochemist in WHOI’s Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department.

Subhas said OAE is an important technique to explore because the oceans are taking up massive amounts of carbon dioxide, which traps heat in the atmosphere and, when dissolved in the ocean, can cause seawater to acidify, adversely affecting ocean health.

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OACIS opens its call for projects

Call for projects: Ocean alkalinity enhancement – potential impacts on marine life and on society

Deadline for pre-application form submission: 2 May 2023

Deadline for full application submission: 25 May 2023

The Ocean Acidification and other ocean Changes – Impacts and Solutions (OACIS) Initiative launches its second call for research projects on the potential biological and/or socio-economic and legal impacts of ocean alkalinity enhancement. This information is crucially lacking for making informed policy decisions.

Far from being just a victim of climate change, the ocean can also be part of the solution. A range of ocean-based measures have been proposed to counter the effects of climate change on the ocean, such as the development of marine renewable energy or the protection and restoration of blue carbon ecosystems (mangroves, seagrass beds, etc.). Another group of measures involve the active manipulation of Earth’s systems, such as ocean fertilization to increase carbon uptake by marine plankton, or ocean alkalinity enhancement: adding alkaline material to promote CO2 uptake and long-term carbon storage in a chemically neutral form. To date there are few studies on the impact that these types of measures might have on marine life, the governance around their implementation, and potential legal and socio-economic consequences.

While the chemical consequences of ocean alkalinity enhancement are relatively well known, many questions remain regarding technical implementation, cost effectiveness, legal aspects, and potential impacts on marine life. Despite its high potential effectiveness, this method is therefore considered a measure at concept stage.

This call for projects aims to promote the science needed to advance our understanding about the biological and ecological impacts of ocean alkalinity enhancement and/or potential socio-economic consequences.

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What is the Great Blue Wall Initiative?

[…] Africa’s Great Blue Wall initiative aims to establish a network of seascapes that benefit both people and nature more sustainably. The initiative sets out to help countries reach the following targets: protect 30% of the ocean by 2030; achieve net gain of critical blue ecosystems – such as mangroves, corals, seagrasses – by 2030; develop a regenerative blue economy and create millions of jobs by supporting local communities through funding, training and technical assistance. […]

Led by Western Indian Ocean countries, and supported by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and a coalition of partners, the Great Blue Wall initiative has called upon innovators to help enable the regeneration of the WIO while creating economic opportunities for the 70 million people currently dependent on it.

Start-ups and social enterprises are being asked to help the sustainability and resilience of the WIO by submitting solutions that are beyond the ideation or prototype phase, in the following five focus areas: sustainable and equitable use of ocean resources; supporting activities; pollution (excluding plastic); seascape conservation and restoration; and protecting and restoring blue carbon ecosystems.

Submissions for the Great Blue Wall Challenge are already underway, with a deadline of 24 April 2023. Winners will be announced on World Ocean Day on 8 June 2023.

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PETRI-MED, an ambitious project to monitor marine microbial biodiversity from the space, kicks off

The initiative aims to develop novel indicators to monitor Mediterranean marine microbial biodiversity from space through omics and artificial intelligence.

Image of the Mediterranean obtained from Sentinel 3A and 3B satellite observations on July 14, 2022. ©EUMETSAT [2023]

This April has started the PETRI-MED project, an initiative led by the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC) whose main objective is to develop novel indicators to monitor the Mediterranean marine microbial biodiversity combining satellite optical remote sensing, in-situ genomic analysis, and artificial intelligence.

The assessment and monitoring of microbial plankton biodiversity are essential to obtain a robust evaluation of the marine environment health status. While bulk marine photosynthetic plankton is a proxy for primary production, a fundamental process that supports higher trophic levels, the specific composition of the microbial community is key to unveil a number of biogeochemical processes as nitrogen fixation, carbon sequestration and ocean acidification, that provide valuable indications on ecosystems dynamics and health.

Remote sensing, genomics, and artificial intelligence

PETRI-MED will rely on satellite optical radiometric measurements. Optical radiometry measures the fraction of sun light back-scattered from the upper layer of the water column after its interaction with suspended particles and dissolved matter that absorbs or scatters the incident light.

The overall goal of the project, funded by the European Union and the Fundación Biodiversidad, is to provide policy makers and other stakeholders with the adequate knowledge to permit ecosystem management based on quantitative and real-time metrics. This, in turn, will allow to design and implement different protection strategies and policies and to track the viability of the management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in response to climate change.

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Deadline extended: call for community review on OARS white papers

DEADLINE EXTENDED until 30 April 2023!

The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development programme “Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability (OARS)“, spearheaded by the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), invites you to participate in the community review of its white papers. The OARS programme provides a vision for ocean acidification research for the next decade by setting out a roadmap that, when implemented in collaboration with multiple partners, will deliver against seven outcomes by 2030.

To participate in the review, please visit the webpage linked below to download the pdf of the outcome or outcomes you would like to review as well as the review template. Use the template to submit your specific comments, referencing the precise outcome and page you are commenting on; one single template can be used to review more than one white paper. Once you have finished the review, please send your completed template to the GOA-ON Secretariat no later than 30 April 2023.

OARS White Paper Community Review 

If you are interested in contributing to any of the seven OARS outcomes or just want to hear more, please contact us! The GOA-ON secretariat will put you in touch with the outcome champions:

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Harmful algal blooms, acidification and climate change in the Salish Sea

This project investigates the interactive effects of acidification, warming, and nutrients on three economically important harmful algal bloom (HAB) species in the Salish Sea. Spanning the western US-Canada border, the Salish Sea is one of the most productive estuaries in the US due to the mixing of riverine inputs with California Current System seawater. HABs that occur regularly along the US west coast are responsible for frequent closures of Dungeness crab and shellfish harvests and cause massive mortalities of wild and aquacultured shellfish. This work will expand Salish Sea HAB monitoring to include measurements of acidification, assess the effects of changing environmental conditions on HABs in the Salish Sea, and provide early warning of potential impacts to commercial, recreational, and subsistence seafood resources.

The Se’lhaem Buoy, a part of NANOOS, is used as a monitoring site for harmful algae and ocean acidification in the Salish Sea.

Why We Care
The Pacific Northwest region is sensitive to ocean warming and experiences extreme acidification (low pH and high pCO2) conditions. The Salish Sea may have increasingly favorable growth conditions for HABs with climate change, and the potential for interactions of acidification and HABs in this important shellfish and crab harvesting area is an immediate concern for commercial, recreational, and subsistence harvesters.

What We Are Doing
This project investigates the interactive effects of acidification, warming, and nutrients on three economically relevant HAB species (Pseudo-nitzschia australisProtoceratium reticulatum, and Alexandrium catenella) in the Salish Sea. The project will include field surveys of pH and pCO2 at eight sites, augmenting two ongoing efforts to monitor HABs and acidification (SoundToxins & NANOOS) in this region. The addition of carbonate chemistry measurements to current monitoring efforts will provide data to evaluate the effects of acidification on HABs in the Salish Sea. Laboratory culture experiments will evaluate the direct impact of pH and pCO2 on growth and toxin production rates of the three HAB species, and factorial experiments will determine the effects of multiple stressors (temperature, pH, and nutrient sufficiency) to identify which combinations of stressors pose the greatest risk to Salish Sea shellfish, economies, and human health.

Impact/Benefits of our Work
The project team will develop an early warning dashboard for regional managers to assess the risks of acidification and HABs to coastal resources. Outreach and education efforts will build on established and diverse partnerships between academic, research, tribal, commercial, and state entities to address clearly identified stakeholder needs including improved resource management, environmental justice, and the health and safety of seafood.

Dr. Melissa Peacock of Northwest Indian College leads this project. Co-investigators are Dr. William P. Cochlan of San Francisco State University, Dr. Vera Trainer of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Dr. Simone Alin of NOAA’s North Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Dr. Teri King of Washington Sea Grant, and Dr. Jan Newton of the University of Washington.

The project is funded through the NCCOS Competitive Research Program, in partnership with NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program.

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OA action plan toolkit & guide

The International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification (OA Alliance) brings together governments and organizations from across the globe dedicated to taking urgent action to protect coastal communities and livelihoods from the threat of ocean acidification and other climate- ocean impacts.

Facilitated through the OA Alliance, national, subnational, regional and tribal governments are proactively responding to the impacts of ocean acidification as they create OA Action Plans to effectively promote solutions and advancing knowledge into action.

The OA Alliance has created this Action Plan Toolkit as a guide. The OA Action Toolkit contains both regulatory and non-regulatory actions that members might consider when crafting their own OA Action. Not all OA Action plans will have the same framework or structure, as there is no “one- size fits all” approach.

Some members may choose to write a stand-alone plan, while others may decide to integrate ocean acidification mitigation, adaptation and resiliency actions across existing Climate Action Plans, Ocean Action Plans, Biodiversity or Resilience Goals and Targets, Nationally Determined Contributions pursuant to the Paris Climate Agreement, or decide to integrate and strengthen actions across other applicable management tools.

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Ocean acidification in the Siberian Seas: the impact of permafrost thaw and methane release (OASIS)

Ocean acidification by rising atmospheric CO2 is a tipping point of the carbon-climate system that limits future ocean CO2 uptake and threatens ocean fauna. The Siberian Arctic Ocean is a hot spot of acidification. This is driven by additional and likely increasing CO2 production from (1) decomposition of organic matter released from thawing land permafrost and (2) oxidation of methane released from subsea sources.

The OASIS project will assess the impact of both on ocean acidification. Central questions:

  • To what extent does degradation of permafrost-released organic matter contribute to acidification of the Siberian Arctic Ocean?
  • To what extent does methane oxidation accelerate acidification of the Siberian Arctic Ocean but also mitigate methane emissions?

These questions will be targeted with a combination of field and laboratory experiments including a suite of isotopic tools, together with large-scale databases.

Project start: 2022

Funding: This project is funded by Formas, the Swedish research council for sustainable development

Project Members: Birgit Wild, Lewis Sauerland

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Case study: building local and regional resilience through the Pacific partnership on ocean acidification, Pacific islands

Credit: Jana Steingaesser, Ministry of Climate,
Oceans & Resilience (MiCORE)

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“The Pacific Partnership on Ocean Acidification (PPOA) is empowering Pacific Island communities to face the challenges posed by ocean acidification. PPOA works directly with stakeholders at all levels, from school children to women’s groups, village leaders and policy-makers. By building Pacific capacity to confront ocean acidification, PPOA supports Pacific communities to monitor their own coastal ocean chemistry, develop national policies to address ocean acidification and apply Pacific traditional ecological knowledge to adapt their coastal ecosystems to become more resilient to the threat of ocean acidification.”

Dr Duncan McIntosh, PPOA Project Manager at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme


The Pacific Partnership on Ocean Acidification (PPOA) is a four-year collaborative project between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme SPREP, the University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Pacific Community (SPC) with the goal of building resilience to ocean acidification in the Pacific Islands. The project’s pilot sites are in Fiji, Kiribati and Tokelau and activities focus on research and monitoring, capacity-building and awareness-raising, policy support and implementing practical adaptation actions. Financial support is provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Principality of Monaco.

The issue

Small island developing states (SIDS), such as nations in the Pacific Island region, are highly exposed to the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification, given their close proximity to the marine environment and their reliance on marine resources for livelihoods and infrastructure.

In particular, the Pacific Islands are especially vulnerable to the effects of ocean acidification. For example, as the ocean acidifies it becomes more difficult for coral reefs to calcify, resulting in net dissolution. As the coral structure erodes, the reef becomes a less effective force against wave and storm erosion, and it is harder to keep up with sea level rise.

In addition, the tourism infrastructure and fisheries industries in the Pacific Islands rely heavily on healthy coral reefs. Therefore, the impacts of ocean acidification in the region strongly affect community resilience and economic well-being.

The response

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Using alkaline rock minerals to combat climate change

The OceanNETs project explores an approach for carbon dioxide removal in a Norwegian fjord

Deployment of the KOSMOS mesocosms with research vessel ALKOR in the Raunefjord south of Bergen, Norway, for an experiment on ocean alkalinisation. Photo: Michael Sswat, GEOMAR

How can carbon dioxide (CO2) be removed from the atmosphere and stored safely and permanently in the ocean? This question is being investigated by scientists from seven nations led by GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel in an experiment just starting in the Raunefjord near Bergen, Norway. In mesocosms, free-floating, experimental enclosures, they are exploring whether the ocean can absorb additional CO2 from the atmosphere through the addition of alkaline minerals – known as ocean alkalinisation – and what influence this has on marine communities. The study will last until mid-July and takes place as part of the Ocean-based Negative Emission Technologies (OceanNETs) project funded by the European Union.

The target is clear: In the Paris Agreement, the global community agreed to limit global warming to well below 2° Celsius and to make efforts to keep it below 1.5° Celsius. This can only be achieved if we drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and take measures to actively remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere again – in other words, create “negative emissions”. To what extent the ocean can support this and what risks and side effects might occur is currently being investigated by an international 43-member research team led by GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel in a study south of Bergen, Norway.

For the long-term experiment, the researchers are using mesocosms developed at GEOMAR, which are a type of oversized test tube, 20 metres long and two metres in diameter. In the sealed containers, the pH value of the seawater is raised by the addition of alkaline minerals. This so-called alkalinization not only counteracts ocean acidification, it also enhances the ocean’s potential to take up and store CO2. Regular sampling and measurements document the chemical and biological changes in the mesocosms over a period of about eight weeks.

The investigated approach simulates a natural process: In nature, minerals from rocks and soils are partially responsible for maintaining the alkalinity of seawater. In the experiment, slaked lime – representing calcium-based minerals – and magnesium silicate – representing siliceous minerals – are used for alkalinization, because they dissolve easily in water and are free of impurities often contained in minerals. The experiment aims to clarify how effectively this sequesters additional CO2, which of the two substances produces better results and, most importantly, how ocean alkalinization affects marine life.

“We need to work on ways to actively mitigate climate change. The problem is becoming more and more pressing. Even if we manage to reduce CO2 emissions fast and radically, there will still remain CO2 emission we cannot avoid,” says Professor Dr. Ulf Riebesell, marine biologist at GEOMAR and project leader of the study. “With our research, we want to help develop safe and sustainable solutions which can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. In doing so, it is important to ensure that negative impacts on the marine environment are prevented.”

Mesocosm studies are particularly suitable for investigating the effects of changes in seawater chemistry without affecting the marine environment. The sealed structure of the “giant test tubes” allows conditions in the enclosed water to be altered in a controlled manner. Mesocosms contain natural communities and are exposed to real environmental conditions during experiments, so that close-to-natural conditions can be simulated. This is not possible in the laboratory.

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Coastal observatory for climate, CO2 and acidification for the global South society (COCAS)

Sorbonne Université, LOCEAN-IPSL

Change humanity’s relationship with the ocean, Create a digital representation of the Ocean, Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy, Expand the Global Ocean Observing System, Indian Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, Project, Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, Skills, knowledge and technology for all, South Atlantic Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, Sustainably feed the global population, Unlock ocean-based solutions to climate change

The COCAS community builds on and uses a science-based decision support system, for sustainable development of the marine Exclusive Economic Zones of the Global South countries.

Its mission is three-fold:

  • First, to implement and sustain coastal ocean long-term observatories assessing ongoing marine environmental changes and their impact on a rich marine biodiversity and multicultural populations;
  • Second, to create a common language and common practices for stakeholders based on data, intelligent information, and technology;
  • Third, to give birth to a new generation of scientists, end-users and decision-makers, working together for the integrated coastal management of tomorrow in the Global South.

Start Date: 01/04/2021

End Date: 31/12/2030

This project is hosted by the programme Ocean Observing Co-Design: evolving ocean observing for a sustainable future.


Diana Ruiz-Pino:
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Understanding and addressing ocean acidification and changing ocean conditions through the development of OA action plans

Arctic Ocean, Indian Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, Project, Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, South Atlantic Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, Unlock ocean-based solutions to climate change

The International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification (OA Alliance) is a voluntary initiative of governments and non-government members representing nearly 300 million people and 366,414 kilometres of coastline.

Members of the OA Alliance include a wide diversity of national, state, municipal, and sovereign Tribal, indigenous, and First Nation governments along with many dedicated affiliate partners like NGOs, seafood industry leaders, and local academia. Through the Alliance, they are exploring and promoting efforts that increase biodiversity, adaptive capacity, and resilience by translating knowledge into policy actions by national, regional and subnational governments.

Start Date: 01/01/2021

End Date: 31/01/2023

This project is hosted by the programme Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability.


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AZTI installs a sensor for monitoring ocean acidification in the Basque coastal ocean

The initiative is one of the actions in the LIFE IP Urban Klima 2050 project, which comprises a series of measurement platforms on the Basque coast to track climate change in the sea.

Observing and monitoring the Basque coastal ocean is essential to study the effects of climate change in this area. AZTI has been involved in this since 1986, when it began installing a variety of platforms for monitoring climate change in the sea. 

Its most recent action has been to install a new pH sensor for monitoring ocean acidification off the coast of the Basque Region. The action is part of the LIFE IP Urban Klima 2050 project, and is supported by the Department of the Environment at the Provincial Government of Gipuzkoa and Naturklima.

The sensor is installed at around 3 kilometres from the coast, 50 metres below sea level, and provides regular data on changes in pH in the Bay of Biscay. This makes it possible to make accurate, reliable estimates of ocean acidification levels at the location. This acidification is a direct result of CO2 emissions caused by fossil fuels, which dissolve in the sea, lowering the pH, which affects the growth of marine life such as coralline algae, molluscs, crustaceans, sea snails, coral and some plankton communities.

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Making the ocean an ally in climate protection

The mesocosms are prepared for an experiment of the EU project Ocean-based Negative Emission Technologies (OceanNETs) at Gran Canaria. Photo: Ulf Riebesell, GEOMAR

Mesocosm experiment on Gran Canaria investigates a possible solution for the long-term removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere with the help of the ocean.

In a mesocosm experiment just starting on Gran Canaria, scientists from six nations led by GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel are investigating to what extent the ocean can help absorb more carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and what impacts this has on marine life. The experiment is taking place as part of the EU project Ocean-based Negative Emission Technologies (OceanNETs). The project, which has been running since July 2020, aims to provide an integrated assessment of targeted measures for CO2 removal in the ocean.

The human-induced increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the atmosphere continues. With well-known consequences: The climate is changing, extreme weather events are increasing in many places, with sometimes dramatic effects on humans and nature. According to current estimates by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the goal of limiting global warming to as close to 1.5° Celsius as possible decided in the Paris Agreement, can no longer be achieved without active removal of CO2. The Ocean-based Negative Emission Technologies (OceanNETs) project, funded by the European Union and coordinated at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, is investigating to what extent ocean-based approaches could contribute to achieving this goal.

In the long term, most of the carbon dioxide (CO2) released by humans will be recaptured by the weathering of rocks on land and stored in the ocean as dissolved bicarbonate. However, it will take up to ten thousand years for the human CO2 footprint to be largely wiped out again via this process. Too long to play a significant role in addressing climate change in the coming decades. Unless this process could be actively accelerated. Whether this is possible and how the marine communities react to it is currently being investigated by 50 scientists from six nations under the leadership of GEOMAR in a mesocosm experiment on Gran Canaria.

In oversized test tubes, so-called mesocosms, deployed in on-shore waters the researchers are simulating accelerated weathering through the addition of minerals, as they are also introduced into the oceans through natural weathering of rocks. For every kilogram of dissolved rock minerals, this approach can bind about half a kilogram of additional CO2 in the seawater. In the nine mesocosms, different amounts of minerals were added with the corresponding amount of CO2. The concentration gradient set in this way should provide information about possible thresholds for the environmental compatibility of accelerated weathering. In addition to the long-term storage of CO2 in the seawater, the approach known as ocean alkalinisation has the co-benefit of counteracting ocean acidification. The on-going acidification of seawater is a consequence of continued CO2 emissions. About a quarter of the CO2 released annually by humans dissolves in the ocean and reacts with the water to form carbonic acid – with serious consequences for marine life.

“The goal of our experiment is to investigate the potential risks and side effects of ocean alkalinisation on marine communities, but also to capture any positive effects by curbing ocean acidification”, explains Prof. Ulf Riebesell, marine biologist at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and head of the study. “In addition, we hope to gain insights into how effectively and safely ocean alkalinisation could be used as a method of CO2 removal.”


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Fighting ocean acidification: Smith Cove blue carbon project (text & video)

Oyster beds, kelp, and eel grass in Smith Cove to enhance efforts against ocean acidification. The Port of Seattle is leading many efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG emissions), the most important step towards combatting ocean acidification. The Port has been very active in enhancing shoreline habitat, reducing pollution, and engagement with communities. At Smith Cove in Elliott Bay, the Port of Seattle and its partners are conducting scientific research that will contribute to building resiliency in local ecosystems related to ocean acidification. As part of the Port of Seattle’s commitment to the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification (OA Alliance), the Port prepared its first ever Ocean Acidification Action Plan to detail steps we are taking to address ocean acidification. “Last year, the Port of Seattle was the first port in the world to join the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification (OA Alliance), recognizing the many ways in which ocean acidification impacts the maritime sector and acknowledging the important role ports can play in leading environmental action,” said Stephanie Bowman, Port of Seattle Commissioner. “We encourage other ports to join in on these efforts.” The Smith Cove Blue Carbon Pilot Project is located on Port and City-owned aquatic lands near Terminal 91. The goal of the project is to evaluate the potential benefits of marine habitat enhancement of kelp, eelgrass, and oysters on carbon sequestration, water quality (amelioration of seawater acidification), and habitat productivity. The Port of Seattle, along with partners at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Ecology (Ecology), and the Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF) is monitoring the site over three years for potential benefits in and around the site and includes a community-based science initiative.

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Ocean tribute award 2022

Submit your marine conservation project and be one of the nominees. The winning team will receive prize money of 20,000 euros to advance their project.

The expert jury will judge on effectiveness, participation and networking.

Be there with your project and apply now!

Apply now!

Who can apply?

Our jury is looking forward to initiatives with the following goals:

  • Development of innovative, future-oriented technologies for the protection and preservation of the oceans
  • Promotion and raising awareness of scientific knowledge and development of research capacities
  • Reduction of waste and nutrients for clean seas
  • Sustainable management to protect marine and coastal ecosystems and measures to restore fish stocks
  • High-profile public awareness work, which points to abuses and offers solutions for the sustainable use of our waters
  • Reduction of acidification of the oceans and their effects

When is the application period?

We are looking forward to all applications submitted through our form, open until 31 of August 2021. Simply insert all needed information and take your chance!

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NOAA PMEL Carbon Program

To understand the changing chemistry of the oceans and the impacts of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems. Our observations of key physical, chemical, and biological parameters support NOAA’s overall efforts to predict how marine ecosystems will respond and to develop management strategies for adapting to the consequences of ocean acidification.

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Mediterranean Sea Acidification (MedSeA) in a changing climate

The MedSeA project addresses ecologic and economic impacts from the combined influences of anthropogenic acidification and warming, while accounting for the unique characteristics of this key region.

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Research notes from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

This website has been developed to serve as a portal for information on active research on ocean acidification within the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington including work with partners at the University of Rhode Island, Jamestown Soklallam Tribe, Puget Sound Restoration Fund, and Northeastern University.

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