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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 

Ocean Acidification Resources

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Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the continental United States, has strong spatial gradients and high temporal variability in water conditions that are not easily captured by discrete (single timepoint) field measurements. This archive provides an atlas of physical and biogeochemical conditions for the Chesapeake Bay based on numerical model

NANOOS Visualization System Shellfish Growers App dashboard with graphs of ocean conditions and map.

The NANOOS Visualization System (NVS) Shellfish Growers App provides shellfish growers and restoration managers with better and more ocean acidification and ocean condition information for decision making.

The NCEI The NOAA Ocean Carbon and Acidification Data System data portal dashboard with data selection panel on the left and map showing the location of the dataset on the right.

OCADS serves as a repository for a wide range of ocean carbon and acidification data, including chemical, physical, and biological observations.

The cover of "An introduction to ocean acidification for Kodiak Communities," a brochure for Kodiak community members to learn more about the topic and community sampling. Mountains with water inlet below and some community roads, structures and harbor in Kodiak, Alaska.

Native Alaskan communities on Kodiak Island, who have been collecting water samples for ocean acidification through an effort coordinated by the Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA). This brochure orients community members and explains what the samples mean. Can serve as an example for community outreach elsewhere. (9/2023)

Ocean Protector is a free online game created by the University of Indiana. This is a screenshot of the game with animated ocean background and top menu to start or continue your game journey.

Understand ocean acidification through game-based learning. Website includes easy to access game, source code, science standards, educator guide, and module integration. Geared toward students middle school to adults. (2023)

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ADAPTING TO OCEAN ACIDIFICATION

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:

FORECASTING

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

MANAGEMENT

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

TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

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

REDUCING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

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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TAKE ACTION WITH YOUR COMMUNITY

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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