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.
OAP Director, Libby Jewett, will present a seminar at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science on Tuesday, October 9th as part of the 100 Years of Women at William & Mary year-long celebration. Dr. Jewett's presentation is titled "Emerging Influence: the field of ocean acidification research and the role of women in marine science". While there, she will also be speaking with graduate and undergraduate students about ocean acidification and other NOAA priorities in the Chesapeake, and about her experience as a woman in the sciences.
OAP program manager to attend the annual PI meeting in Horn Point, MD for an OAP funded project entitled "Interactions between OA and eutrophication in estuaries: Modeling opportunities and limitations for shellfish restoration."
OAR OAP Deputy Director participated in the AMAP/EU-PolarNet Stakeholder Workshop on Research Needs on Climate-Related Effects on the Arctic Cryosphere and Adaptation Options. Participants discussed research issues in relation to both the need for further scientific understanding of the impacts of the rapidly changing climate on the Arctic cryosphere and the need for investigation of options for adaptation to these changes by Arctic communities and residents.
OAP Director, Libby Jewett, will participate in and present at a workshop focused on expanding ocean acidification stakeholders in Latin America. The workshop will take place in Santa Marta, Colombia March 17th-22nd. Dr. Jewett will be presenting both the overview of the science of Ocean Acidification (OA) and its implications for our world's oceans and an introduction to the work of the Global OA Observing Network which she co-chairs.
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.