Education & Outreach

Education and outreach are vital to improving the public's awareness and understanding of ocean acidification. This includes not only increasing the general awareness that ocean acidification is happening now, but also understanding the current scientific knowledge and impacts of our ocean's changing chemistry.


The OAP provides educational and public outreach opportunities to improve understanding of ocean acidification to students, educators, and the broader public.

The goal of NOAA's OAP is to effectively communicate the changes our ocean faces along with the science behind and efforts to adapt to and mitigate these changes.  Partnering with other NOAA programs, we work to develop strategies and tools to effectively communicate the impacts of ocean acidification and potential solutions.  We host a variety of workshops and online webinars to share these strategies to those communicating about our changing ocean around the globe.




The OAP works to understand and fill the needs of the ocean acidification education and communication community.

The NOAA Ocean Acidification Implementation Plan identifies  actions to extend the reach of NOAA research findings to the broader community through education and outreach. The first step was to evaluate the needs in education and outreach programming to determine gaps and opportunities to strengthen OA education and communication.  The identified needs are now beginning to be addressed by small OAP supported grants and include developing  multimedia education tools and supporting citizen science in various US regions.

Communicating effectively

How can we most effectively talk about ocean acidification science to various audiences?

There is a growing body of knowledge on what resonates when introducing the concept of ocean acidification and what inspires those listening to take action. A toolkit has been developed to succinctly communicate about acidification and encourage community based solutions. Distilling the complexity of ocean acidification to develop curriculum has also been explored. One common misconception the community is working to clarify is the difference between climate change and ocean acidification, because although carbon dioxide is the source behind both of these changes, they are distinct. Climate change drives changes in our atmosphere that can then cause changes in our ocean such as warming temperatures while ocean acidification is directly caused by an increase in carbon dioxide in our atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels to power our homes and cars.





This webinar series provides ocean acidification communication tools to formal & informal educators, and stakeholders across the country. 

One of its primary goals, is to promote a more integrated and effective ocean acidification education community by sharing ocean acidification education and communication activities virtually. With awareness of and access to these resources, the ocean acidification education and communication community will be able to utilize and continue to create cutting edge communication tools that incorporate current scientific and communication research to reach a variety of audiences.

Upcoming Webinars

Carbon Comes Home—Kelp Aquaculture to Benefit both Sea and Soil

December 4th, 2017, 6pm EST (3pm PST)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Carbon Comes Home—Kelp Aquaculture to Benefit both Sea and Soil

Phytoremediation—broadly defined as the use of living plants to clean up contaminated soil, air, and water—has been generating a lot of buzz as a potential strategy to ease ocean acidification. Phytoremediation in this context refers to harnessing the photosynthetic power of marine algae (i.e. kelp and seaweed) to absorb dissolved carbon dioxide in order to boost seawater pH and reduce stress on shelled organisms like mussels and oysters. Scientists are evaluating this approach in shellfish growing states like Washington and Maine, and the mariculture industry and government agencies that are already getting behind commercial cultivation of ‘sea vegetables’ are poised to capitalize on this potential co-benefit to seawater chemistry. In this webinar, we’ll follow the evolving story of an experimental kelp farm in Washington’s Hood Canal, including a serendipitous partnership with a local terrestrial farmer, review relevant curricular materials published by Maine’s Island Institute and others, and explain how phytoremediation can used to teach essential concepts about the earth’s carbon cycle.

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About our speaker: A microbiologist by training, Meg discovered her true calling in 2010 when she happened to read Elizabeth Kolbert’s seminal 2006 article about ocean acidification (OA), The Darkening Sea, in The New Yorker magazine. As Washington Sea Grant’s OA specialist, Meg is a resource on OA science, policy and outreach for diverse stakeholders, including government agencies, academic institutions, tribes, marine industries and the public. She also serves as Sea Grant’s liaison to NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, a unique appointment created to facilitate the flow of NOAA’s world-class OA research to the greater scientific community and the public. Prior to joining Sea Grant, she worked with the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, the Marine Stewardship Council and Seattle Chefs Collaborative. She’s (practically) a native Seattleite and is interested in everything that happens on or beneath the waves.

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Science ↔ Society: Equilibrating Our Understanding of Ocean Acidification

Science ↔ Society: Equilibrating Our Understanding of Ocean Acidification

Wednesday, September 20th, 12pm ET

During this webinar Carla Edworthy, a PhD candidate at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, shared her experience with mobilising citizen and professional science in South Africa by means of a continentally co-ordinated event on World Ocean Day 2017. It will highlight the methods of engagement with both the science and non-science community as well as present the various challenges and lessons learnt from this experience.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Pteropods as Indicators of Global Change: From Research to Education

Pteropods as Indicators of Global Change: From Research to Education

SOARCE Webinar

Presented by: Kevin Johnson, PhD Candidate, University of California, Santa Barbara

Primary audience: Informal educators and communicators

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017, 6:00pm ET

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Visualizing Change: New Tools for Educators

Visualizing Change: New Tools for Educators


Presented by: John Anderson, Director of Education, New England Aquarium

Primary audience: Informal educators and communicators

Date/Time:Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, 3:30pm ET

Monday, December 19, 2016