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Synergies Between OAH and HAB Networks: California as a Case Study

The US west coast is experiencing increasing environmental stress, as are all coastal regions globally. Unlike some other regions, eastern boundary currents naturally experience large swings in pH and decadal oscillations in temperature, making the west coast an ideal location for observing the interactive effects of multiple stressors as a precursor to our future ocean. California has been proactive in establishment of observation networks for both ocean acidification/hypoxia (OAH) and harmful algal blooms, supported by local, state, and federal programs. Through IOOS, this network also extends to Oregon and Washington, with formal and informal linkages between the Southern California Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS), Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS) and the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing System (NANOOS). To date many of these observations have been only loosely coordinated for HABs and OAH, despite the commonality in observing sites and data requirements. As a result we have pretty good information about temperature and HABs, very little information about OAH and HABs, and almost no information about how these multiple stressors will manifest from plankton, to herbivores, to apex organisms. Using California data as an example, this talk highlights what we know, what we can do to improve our knowledge, and the critical knowledge gaps that should be a high priority for ongoing research and monitoring efforts. 
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ADAPTING TO OCEAN ACIDIFICATION

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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:

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  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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