Development of Ocean Acidification “pHyter” – Plankton Monitoring Tools & Curriculum

Jacqueline Lavedure

NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries of the West Coast Region (Olympic Coast, Greater Farallones, Cordell Bank, Monterey Bay and Channel Islands) will partner with Flathead Valley Community College, NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC), to increase accessibility and understanding of tools and protocol for ocean acidification monitoring through citizen science and education programs.

Humans and the ocean are inextricably interconnected, with all humans relying on ocean ecosystem outputs such as oxygen, water and food.  Currently, ocean ecosystems are threatened by multiple global change stressors, including ocean acidification (OA).  The development of OA monitoring tools and education curriculum will be instrumental in providing the public with a better understanding of the process of OA and impacts of a more acidic environment to valuable ocean ecosystems.

NOAA’s West Coast Region (WCR) sanctuaries will work with external partner Dr. David Long, of Flathead Valley Community College, to pilot a field-based pH-measuring instrument called ”pHyter” with WCR sanctuaries’ OA education and outreach programs, including citizen science, teacher workshops and student field investigations. Dr. Long  and his students recently developed pHyter: a hand-held chemical indicator-based spectrophotometric pH- measuring device.  OAP funds will support the expansion of pHyter instrument capabilities to permit iPhone and android apps to interface and upload to the international GLOBE Program GIS database, increasing accessibility of pH data.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Webinar: 4th National Climate Assessment: Oceans and Marine Resources Chapter, Public Feedback

Andy Pershing, Gulf of Maine Research Institute & Fred Lipschultz, US Global Change Research Program

Join us for a webinar on Monday, March 20th to provide feedback on the 4th National Climate Assessment!

Time: 3:00pm EST (12:00pm PST)

Presented by: Andy Pershing, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Chapter Lead Autho

Fred Lipschultz, US Global Change Research Program, USGCRP Chapter Contact

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7271981171002454017

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is produced every four years by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). The NCA aims to integrate new information on climate science into the context of larger social, ecological, and policy systems. It will provide an updated report of climate change impacts and vulnerability, evaluate the effectiveness of mitigation and adaptation activities, and identify knowledge gaps. Oceans and Marine Resources has been identified as one of the national-level overview chapters to be included in the 2018 national report.  The purpose of the presentation is to provide a brief background on the NCA, present the tentative key findings/outline, and seek public feedback.  During this webinar, the audience can provide feedback on the major issues facing the oceans and the effects these will have on the United States.

If you cannot attend the webinar but would still like to submit suggestions for the NCA4: Oceans Chapter, please submit comments here: 

Thursday, March 9, 2017
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Ocean acidification discussion

Ocean acidification discussion

Ocean Action Hub, United Nations

The discussion is taking place during the preparatory process for The Ocean Conference in order to engage stakeholders in assessing the challenges and opportunities related to delivering on implementation of SDG14.3 aimed at minimizing and addressing the impacts of ocean acidification. The discussion runs from 9 – 30 March 2017.  Dr. Libby Jewett, Director of NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program, is participating as a moderator. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Visualizing Change: New Tools for Educators

Visualizing Change: New Tools for Educators

SOARCE WEBINAR

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
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Telling the Ocean Acidification Story

Telling the Ocean Acidification Story

SOARCE WEBINAR

Presented by: Tullio Rossi, Marine scientist and communicator

Primary audience: Informal educators and communicators

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, 7:30pm ET

Thursday, October 27, 2016
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