Like everywhere, the northeastern US doesn't have enough data on nearshore coastal acidification. But we are rich in citizen science monitoring organizations who are passionate about their local bodies of water. One way to expand monitoring efforts is by engaging these monitoring groups. They are well-positioned to help fill the gaps in coastal acidification monitoring, since they are on the ground in their estuaries and nearshore environments.
Through a NOAA Ocean Acidification Program mini-grant, we conducted a series of on-line and hands-on workshop trainings in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine with more than 40 community water monitoring programs. The workshops introduced techniques and approaches for measuring pH, total alkalinity and dissolved inorganic carbon and explored how community monitoring groups might expand their current measurements to include acidification parameters. In this webinar, the speaker will share priorities and capacities of citizen science groups for acidification measurements, reactions to the provided training, lessons gained and how we might engage in future coordinated monitoring efforts.
About the Speaker:
Beth Turner is an Oceanographer and Program Manager at the Competitive Research Program in the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), National Ocean Service (NOS) at NOAA. In this position, she manages research projects that focus on developing understanding and predictive capabilities for coastal management issues such as hypoxia, shoreline modification, ocean acidification and fisheries ecosystems. Beth was trained as a biological oceanographer and benthic ecologist, and holds degrees from Texas Christian University (Bachelor’s), SUNY at Stony Brook (Master’s), and University of Delaware (PhD). She did post- doctoral work at Rutgers University and the University of Maryland. Beth is a founding member of the steering committee of the Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN) and co- chairs their Management and Policy Working Group.