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Resources for Students & Educators

Education and Outreach

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.

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Upcoming Webinars

SOARCE Events Agenda


SOARCE Webinars will resume in the fall

This webinar series provides ocean acidification communication tools to formal and informal educators,  stakeholders, and rightsholders across the country. 

SOARCE promotes a more integrated and effective ocean acidification education community by sharing activities and resources virtually. The ocean acidification education and communication communities can use and create cutting-edge communication tools incorporating current scientific and communication research to reach a variety of audiences.

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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.

Working with Others to Improve Understanding

The Ocean Acidification Program provides educational and public outreach opportunities to improve understanding of ocean acidification to students, educators, and the broader public.

Action for Ocean Acidification Education

The Ocean Acidification Program works to understand and fill the needs of the ocean acidification education and communication 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.
Distilling Complexity
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.
A Common Misconception
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 & Ocean Acidification
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.
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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.

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.

Education & Outreach Resources

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Understanding Ocean Acidification

The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Education Team (SET) has developed an Understanding Ocean Acidification web site with science presentations, educational resources and links, and hands-on activities.
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Ocean Acidification Curriculum Collection

This website provides a collection of links to existing lesson plans and materials on ocean acidification for teachers. Additionally, the project aims to evaluate the existing materials and identify gaps in the available lesson plans. This project was funded by portions of grants from the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Frozen Ocean Resources- Ocean Acidification Collection

Digital Explorer, with support from Catlin Group have developed the Frozen Oceans resources. These educational resources are based on the research and journeys by explorers and scientists that took part in the Catlin Arctic Survey between 2009 and 2011 and include example lesson plans, acitivity and experiment sheets with the goal to 'Bring oceans to your classroom.' There are multiple lessons dedicated to ocean acidification.
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NOAA Ocean Exploration & Research: Off Base

The NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research Program has created education materials based on the mission of the NOAA ship, Okeanos Explorer. The Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, V1: "Why Do We Explore?" explores ocean health, including ph, buffers, and ocean acidification.
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Ocean Acidification:
The Science of Sustainability

This website provides a collection of links to existing lesson plans and materials on ocean acidification for teachers. Additionally, the project aims to evaluate the existing materials and identify gaps in the available lesson plans. This project was funded by portions of grants from the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Acidification in Our Ocean

This infographic describes both ocean and coastal acidification and how they can impact marine life such as corals and fish, along with what we can do to help.
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Education Toolkits

Pacific Northwest Ocean Acidification Toolkit

This toolkit utilizes effective communication strategies to convey the significance of ocean acidification effects and empower mitigation actions within communities.

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Coastal State Governments, Regional Networks & Non-Profits

The OAP works closely with coastal state governments, on-the-ground networks and NGOs to develop their responses to ocean acidification

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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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