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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.


WORKING WITH OTHERS TO IMPROVE UNDERSTANDING

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.

 


 

...AND FILL NEEDS IN THE EDUCATION COMMUNITY

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.









CoastalAcidificationAnimation



This animation is featured as part of the NOAA Data in the Classroom Ocean and Coastal Acidification Module and is integrated directly into the online Story Map activities. To find it, go to Level 3 of the Story Map. The animation, and a choices game, can be accessed from the Teacher Guide tab and is available for teachers to use as an extension activity.

https://dataintheclassroom.noaa.gov/content/ocean-acidification


Communicating Coastal Acidification

Coastal acidification represents a significant environmental change associated with nutrient runoff from land, or eutrophication

This coastal acidification animation is intended to support teachers who are educating students about the causes and effects of ocean acidification and want to shift their students’ learning from a global problem to a coastal water quality issue. Coastal acidification represents a significant environmental change associated with nutrient runoff from land, or eutrophication. Coastal regions are likely to be disproportionately affected by compounding carbon input sources such as runoff from agriculture, industry, and urban populations. The science of coastal acidification is continuing to develop and will require action at multiple levels and on several spatial scales. The animation synthesizes a very complex topic in hopes it will open the door to conversations about the role humans play and the much needed solutions to prevent and address issues like coastal acidification. This topic can be taught in conjunction with lessons about food webs and ecosystems, the environmental impacts of climate change and CO2 emissions, and chemistry lessons concerning real-life applications.

Additional EDUCATIONal Resources

 

 

 

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

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FROM THE ARCHIVE

CONSISTENT OCEAN ACIDIFICATION MESSAGING:  THE KEY TO CONSISTENT UNDERSTANDING

CONSISTENT OCEAN ACIDIFICATION MESSAGING: THE KEY TO CONSISTENT UNDERSTANDING

September 2nd, 2020

In this webinar Erin Winslow, PhD candidate at the University of California Santa Barbara acknowledges that communicating ocean acidification is a challenge for scientists, researchers, educators, and professionals alike. Arguably one of the greatest obstacles to productive conversations about ocean acidification is the absence of clear, concise, and consistent messaging of complicated processes. Successful messaging can be established by utilizing language that is digestible and constant across educational landscapes. The National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) supported by the National Science Foundation established a framework for communicating climate science, and specifically ocean acidification, to the general public. During this presentation, the process and lessons learned in creating visual aids with specific examples of how ocean acidification impacts ecosystems in various geographic regions is discussed. Each infographic has the same general layout and consistent messaging, tailored to each ocean region. The visual aids simplify current climate and ocean change research to articulate why ocean acidification is occurring, how it is impacting our ocean, and also provide actionable solutions for viewers.

 

View the recording here!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
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ON A SCALE OF 0-14, HOW FAMILIAR ARE YOU WITH THE OCEAN ACIDIFICATION PHACTS?!

ON A SCALE OF 0-14, HOW FAMILIAR ARE YOU WITH THE OCEAN ACIDIFICATION PHACTS?!

Thursday, March 19, 2020. 2pmET

During this presentation Amy Dean of NOAA's Data in the Classroom and Kari St. Laurent of the Delaware National Estuariene Research Reserve walk though the science of ocean and coastal acidification along with how to use NOAA's new ocean acidification Data in the Classroom module.

Watch the recording here!

Friday, March 20, 2020
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Collaborating with community science groups for coastal acidification monitoring

Collaborating with community science groups for coastal acidification monitoring

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 2pm ET (11am PT)

In this webinar, Beth Turner of NOAA National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, shares priorities and capacities of citizen science groups for acidification measurements in the Northeast US, reactions to the provided training, lessons gained and how we might engage in future coordinated monitoring efforts.

Monday, June 10, 2019
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