Ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes acidification represents the changes in water chemistry resulting in ecological impacts with cascading social and economic effects. With a $1 billion U.S. shellfish industry and hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk, understanding acidification in the oceans and Great Lakes is important to protecting our economies and well being. This plan focuses on acidification research to understand the ecosystem-related impacts to commercial activities, subsistence and recreational fishing, tourism, and social and cultural identities.
is an agency-wide
strategy, written by nearly 70 federal researchers and academic partners, to guide acidification
science for the coming decade. The plan is comprised of chapters, each focusing on a different
U.S. region, as well as
a national chapter, which draws upon all of the regional and open ocean
needs to identify research priorities for the entire U.S.
Observing and Predicting Acidification and
Understanding Biological Sensitivity and Ecosystem Response
Supporting Management, Adaptation, and Resilience