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We aim to engage our community to create productive partnerships in ocean acidification research.

The Ocean Acidification Program partners across the scientific community to meet our common mission. Scroll to read more about our involvement or jump to a section with the links below: 

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The NOAA Ocean Acidification Working Group facilitates coordination among NOAA programs and partners.

The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program exists to meet the ocean acidification research and monitoring needs of the U. S. However,  coordinating closely with entities both within and outside NOAA increases efficiency and effectiveness of these efforts. Within NOAA, the NOAA Ocean Acidification Working Group (NOAWG) facilitates these close working relationships.

Partners News

Read about our latest collaborative activities and accomplishments. 

Improving Ocean Research and Mapping

The White House Federal reports advance knowledge and describe actions to address ocean acidification and ocean and coastal mapping.Two reports released today respond to the 2014 Strategic Plan for Federal Research and Monitoring of Ocean Acidification, which was prepared pursuant to the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009 (FOARAM). The “Implementation of the Strategic Plan

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Coastal Acidification

Webinar: “Managing coastal acidification: The challenges and opportunities of using water quality criteria”

Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN) NECAN is pleased to announce the inaugural webinar, of our second webinar series, presented by Dr. Aaron Strong on Tuesday, November 1 at 10:00 am ET. As awareness of both the potential socioeconomic impacts of coastal acidification and its multiple drivers has increased, there has been increasing attention to the policy tools that

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Communities of Practice

Coastal Acidification Networks

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

We work closely with coastal state governments, many of which are now engaged in developing their respective responses to ocean acidification  including the states of Washington, Alaska, California, Oregon, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maryland. As part of our partnership with state efforts, the OAP is supporting the development of regional coastal acidification networks (CANs). We also work closely with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Ocean Conservancy, Island Institute and COMPASS on a variety of outreach, communications, assessment and networking projects.

Launched in 2016, the Alaska Ocean Acidification Network aims to expand the understanding of ocean acidification processes and consequences in Alaska, as well as potential adaptation and mitigation actions. The network is the fourth regional ocean acidification network in the U. S. The AOAN connects scientists and stakeholder communities to recommend regional priorities, share data, and determine best practices for monitoring. Among the roles of the network is hosting a comprehensive website with resources for both researchers and the general public. The site includes information on monitoring projects around the state, current trends and forecasts, impacts to Alaska marine life, links to databases and journal articles, and a listing of experts and their specialties.

The California Current Acidification Network (C-CAN) fou,nded in 2009, is a collaboration of interdisciplinary scientists, resource managers, industry and others from local, state, federal and tribal levels dedicated to advancing the understanding of ocean acidification and its effects on the biological resources of the U. S. west coast. C-CAN first convened in 2010 in response to a growing realization that declines in shellfish hatchery production corresponded to coastal upwelling of acidified waters. The initial workshop brought together leading shellfish industry representatives, coastal managers, researchers, Sea Grant programs, and Integrated Ocean Observing Systems to increase collective understanding of OA effects on the nearshore environment. C-CAN has since expanded to include other ocean-dependent industries, environmental advocacy groups, regulatory agencies, and tribal groups. The overarching goal of C-CAN is to coordinate and standardize OA measurement and data collection practices, ensuring data accessibility, utility, and application. C-CAN facilitates and enhances communications and research collaborations among scientists, academia, agencies and industry.

The Gulf of Mexico Ocean Acidification Network (GCAN) is a collaboration between the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association (GCOOS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Acidification Program (NOAA OAP), federal and state agency representatives, resource managers, industry partners and research scientists. The mission of GCAN is to identify critical vulnerabilities of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem that may be impacted by ocean acidification, foster collaborations to increase ocean observations, and develop strategies to mitigate impacts from ocean acidification.

The Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network (MACAN) works to develop a better understanding of the processes associated with estuarine, coastal, and ocean acidification, predict the consequences for marine resources, and devise local adaptation strategies that enable communities and industries to better prepare and adapt. MACAN is a nexus of scientists, federal and state agency representatives, resource managers, and affected industry partners who seek to coordinate and guide regional observing, research, and modeling of ocean and coastal acidification.

MACAN serves as an information hub and exchange among research, industry, and resource managers. MACAN focuses on waters and impacted species from south of Long Island down to Virginia.  Network members work collaboratively on identifying and pursuing opportunities to address coastal and ocean acidification in the Mid-Atlantic, building upon the skills and interest of individual members. The Network provides a forum to share best practices in monitoring and sampling collection. MACAN was established by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO).

Representatives of several stakeholder groups in the Southeast have expressed interest in enhancing collaborations and communications to better understand ocean and coastal acidification (OA) drivers throughout this region, including, but not limited to, approaches to monitoring changing ocean chemistry; evaluating the state-of-ocean and coastal acidification science including eutrophication and hypoxia in coastal areas; and identifying vulnerable species and ecosystems. The Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA), in partnership with NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), is facilitating conversations among regional stakeholders to advance a Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN). Similar Ocean Acidification Networks are in existence in other regions and have proven to be successful mechanisms for catalyzing unique partnerships and leveraging assets in times of constrained budgetary resources. SOCAN recently initiated a webinar series exploring how ocean acidification is or may affect marine resources in the Southeast. Information about the network, the 2015 webinar series and getting involved with SOCAN can be found at:

The Northeast Coastal Acidification Network or NECAN serves as a regional organization working to synthesize and disseminate ocean acidification information in an effort to better inform stakeholders of the issue and solicit critical data and information needs which can guide strategic science investments in coming years. The NECAN is a joint agency, scientific, industry partnership established under the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) to review and assess the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to the economically important marine organisms potentially impacted by ocean and coastal acidification within this region. NECAN’s focus encompasses the waters from Long Island Sound, Georges Bank, the Gulf of Maine and Browns Bank, and Sable Island Bank out to the shelf-break. The NECAN region represents some of the most valuable marine resource real-estate in the world providing direct economic benefit to at least five states (NY, CT, MA, NH, and ME).

Click on the Logo to read the details of each Coastal Acidification Network. 

Our federal partners in ocean acidification research meet officially through the IWG-OA, which NOAA chairs.

The Federal Ocean Acidification Research And Monitoring Act (FOARAM), called for the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology to establish an Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification (IWG-OA). The IWG-OA advises and assists the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology on matters related to ocean acidification, including coordination of Federal activities on ocean acidification and other interagency activities as outlined in FOARAM. These agencies have come together to provide a thoughtful, strategic approach to understand and address the rapidly emerging problem of ocean acidification. 

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The Ocean Acidification Information Exchange

Ocean and coastal acidification are working together by joining the Ocean Acidification Information Exchange, an online community that connects members from different regions and disciplines.

The site’s goal is to foster collaboration and make it easy to learn from each others’ diverse experiences, which is why the platform is both a discussion forum and a repository for information. Members post questions, updates, documents, videos, photos, links, and events, and tag posts with topic keywords to streamline searching. Ocean Acidification Information Exchange (OAIE) members can join teams that align with their interests and engage not only with the entire community, but also with smaller groups of peers. There are currently sixteen individual teams set up around topics such as “Policy and Resource Management” and “Local Action,” along with regions such as the Southeast, Pacific Islands, and California Current.

The OAIE encourages scientists, educators, students, members of the aquaculture and fishing industry, non-profit and government employees, managers, policy makers, and concerned citizens to request an account and join the conversation.

Our Global Network

The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON)

The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) works toward coordinating ocean acidification monitoring globally.

At the September 2016 Our Ocean Conference, the U. S. State Department announced $300,000 to fund scientific capacity building and monitoring in developing regions including Latin America, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. NOAA work closely with the U. S. State Department and The Ocean Foundation to oversee these capacity building efforts which include both hands-on workshops and support for technicians to monitor ocean acidification.

Our Partners

Cooperative Institutes
Modeling & Forecasting

Coastal State Governments, Regional Networks, Industries & NGOs

The OAP works closely with coastal state governments, on-the-ground networks, industries, 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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