NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program seeks to better prepare society to respond to changing ocean conditions and resources by expanding understanding of ocean acidification, through interdisciplinary partnerships, nationally and internationally. Ocean acidification is occurring because our ocean is absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, leading to lower pH and greater acidity. This is causing a fundamental change in the chemistry of the ocean from pole to pole.
NOAA OAP Director, Libby Jewett, is participating in a working group at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The group is working to develop methodology and concrete actions for United Nations Standard Development Goals on ocean acidification.
NOAA scientists and OAP staff will be educating and training scientists on ocean acidification monitoring in Suva, Fiji on 30 Oct - 10 Nov 2017. Scientists from several Pacific Island nations will convene at the University of the South Pacific to learn best methods for measuring ocean chemistry from experts in the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network.
This workshop will focus on intervention strategies to address ocean acidification impacts to coral reefs. Specifically, Deputy Director Dwight Gledhill will be examining option for Caribbean/Atlantic coral reef ecosystems including the Florida reef tract, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
OAP Director, Libby Jewett, will be presenting at the 2017 Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM) Annual Science Meeting in Portland, Maine at the University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Center. The meeting's focus is “Ocean and Coastal Acidification: Causes and Potential Consequences for Ecological and Sociological Systems in the Gulf of Maine.”
OAP Director, Libby Jewett, along with PMEL Lead Oceanographer, Richard Feely, attend the Advisory Board Meeting of the International Coordination Center for Ocean Acidification (OA-ICC) on September 26th-28th, 2017.