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Supporting ocean acidification initiatives in the Western Indian Ocean

Are all areas of the globe affected equally by ocean acidification? What are its socio-economic consequences? While our general understanding of the impacts of ocean acidification is increasing, information in some areas of the world remains scarce. To help address this gap, the IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) supported the Indian Ocean Regional Ocean Acidification workshop held in Zanzibar, Tanzania 28-29 October 2019. The gathering was a step towards increasing awareness about the issue locally and assessing what resources are available to address it.

Ocean acidification is the ongoing increase of ocean acidity as a result of an uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This process impacts marine organisms and ecosystems, and the OA-ICC is coordinating research on these changes.

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OA Alliance provides training with international partners: how to communicate OA to policy makers

What do policy makers really want to know about ocean acidification and its potential impacts? How can scientists, non-government entities, other stakeholders and community members help to answer their questions?

On October 7-11, the OA Alliance was invited to attend a Technical Cooperation project meeting between members of Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) held in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The meeting brought together member governments from Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia working to advance regional science as part of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network.

The OA Alliance presented a half-day workshop focused on best practices in communicating OA science to decision and policy makers and other stakeholders, drawing upon lessons learned and experiences from our national and subnational government members.

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Not Cool Ep 21: Libby Jewett on ocean acidification (audio)

The increase of CO2 in the atmosphere is doing more than just warming the planet and threatening the lives of many terrestrial species. A large percentage of that carbon is actually reabsorbed by the oceans, causing a phenomenon known as ocean acidification — that is, our carbon emissions are literally changing the chemistry of ocean water and threatening ocean ecosystems worldwide. On Not Cool episode 21, Ariel is joined by Libby Jewett, founding Director of the Ocean Acidification Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who explains the chemistry behind ocean acidification, its impact on animals and plant life, and the strategies for helping organisms adapt to its effects. She also discusses the vulnerability of human communities that depend on marine resources, the implications for people who don’t live near the ocean, and the relationship between ocean acidification and climate change.

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Webinar recording: Community of Ocean Action on Ocean Acidification

The Community of Ocean Action on Ocean Acidification held its fourth webinar on 25 September 2019. The webinar included presentations from Dr Peter Thor from the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) on Sweden’s plans to address and support SDG14.3, including through a national ocean acidification monitoring programme, and from Dr Dorothee Bakker, University of East Anglia, UK, who presented on the Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT).

The webinar recording can be found here.

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Strengthening the net: ocean acidification observations in California

A foggy morning on the central California coastline is a picturesque scene of rolling waves, screeching gulls, and fishermen hauling hefty nets teeming with fish. If you look closely at the net you observe that it is a framework of lines working together to capture a greater amount of fish than a single fishing line could capture alone. In the same way, ocean observing systems can be thought of as a net to capture what is happening with our ocean’s chemistry. But a net with gaps or holes is not very efficient, whether it be in fishing or in observing. A newly funded project by Dr. Chris Edwards, a Professor at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), along with collaborators at UCSC and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is taking a look at where ‘holes’ in our observing system are. The team will identify ways to fill those gaps in order to capture changing ocean chemistry along the California coast.

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Ocean Acidification Course 2018 Sweden (INT) (video)

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GO-SHIP Bibilography available online

The GO-SHIP Zotero bibliography is now synchronized with a Google scholar repository that allows for the tracking of citations and thus indicates uptake of GO-SHIP data.

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