The mission of the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) is to better prepare society to respond to changing ocean conditions and resources by expanding understanding of ocean acidification, through interdisciplinary partnerships, nationally and internationally.

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NOAA OAP established 2011

Required by the 2009 FOARAM Act (33 U.S.C. Chapter 50, Sec. 3701-3708)

NOAA OAP established 2011

NOAA OAP established 2011

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Monitoring Ocean Acidification

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Monitoring Ocean Acidification

Monitoring Ocean Acidification

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Biological Response

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Biological Response

Biological Response

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Socio-Economic Impacts

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Socio-Economic Impacts

Socio-Economic Impacts

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Adaptation Strategies

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Adaptation Strategies

Adaptation Strategies

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Education & Outreach

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Education & Outreach

Education & Outreach

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Data Collection & Management

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Data Collection & Management

Data Collection & Management

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Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification

Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification

Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification

Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification

OAP NEWS

NOAA research links human-caused CO2 emissions to dissolving sea snail shells off U.S. West Coast

NOAA research links human-caused CO2 emissions to dissolving sea snail shells off U.S. West Coast

NOAA

For the first time, NOAA and partner scientists have connected the concentration of human-caused carbon dioxide in waters off the U.S. Pacific coast to the dissolving of shells of microscopic marine sea snails called pteropods.

“This is the first time we’ve been able to tease out the percentage of human-caused carbon dioxide from natural carbon dioxide along a large portion of the West Coast and link it directly to pteropod shell dissolution,” said Richard Feely, a NOAA senior scientist who led the research appearing in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. “Our research shows that humans are increasing the acidification of U.S. West Coast coastal waters, making it more difficult for marine species to build strong shells.”

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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