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Ocean Acidification Program News

Collaborating with community science groups for coastal acidification monitoring

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

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.

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The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) works to prepare society to adapt to the consequences of ocean acidification and conserve marine ecosystems as acidification occurs. Learn more about the human connections and adaptation strategies from these efforts.

Adaptation approaches fostered by the OAP include:


Using models and research to understand the sensitivity of organisms and ecosystems to ocean acidification to make predictions about the future, allowing communities and industries to prepare


Using these models and predictions as tools to facilitate management strategies that will protect marine resources and communities from future changes


Developing innovative tools to help monitor ocean acidification and mitigate changing ocean chemistry locally


On the Road

Drive fuel-efficient vehicles or choose public transportation. Choose your bike or walk! Don't sit idle for more than 30 seconds. Keep your tires properly inflated.

With your Food Choices

Eat local- this helps cut down on production and transport! Reduce your meat and dairy. Compost to avoid food waste ending up in the landfill

With your Food Choices

Make energy-efficient choices for your appliances and lighting. Heat and cool efficiently! Change your air filters and program your thermostat, seal and insulate your home, and support clean energy sources

By Reducing Coastal Acidification

Reduce your use of fertilizers, Improve sewage treatment and run off, and Protect and restore coastal habitats

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You've taken the first step to learn more about ocean acidification - why not spread this knowledge to your community?

Every community has their unique culture, economy and ecology and what’s at stake from ocean acidification may be different depending on where you live.  As a community member, you can take a larger role in educating the public about ocean acidification. Creating awareness is the first step to taking action.  As communities gain traction, neighboring regions that share marine resources can build larger coalitions to address ocean acidification.  Here are some ideas to get started:

  1. Work with informal educators, such as aquarium outreach programs and local non-profits, to teach the public about ocean acidification. Visit our Education & Outreach page to find the newest tools!
  2. Participate in habitat restoration efforts to restore habitats that help mitigate the effects of coastal acidification
  3. Facilitate conversations with local businesses that might be affected by ocean acidification, building a plan for the future.
  4. Partner with local community efforts to mitigate the driver behind ocean acidification  – excess CO2 – such as community supported agriculture, bike & car shares and other public transportation options.
  5. Contact your regional Coastal Acidification Network (CAN) to learn how OA is affecting your region and more ideas about how you can get involved in your community
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