Links to other regional associations dedicated to Ocean Acidification
NANOOS has posted an integrated West Coast Ocean Acidification Data Exchange, coordinated with all regional IOOS agencies: a web-based entry portal dedicated to providing information on OA and serving data.
The Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS) is a collaborative that enables sustained and coordinated measurements, model nowcasts and forecasts, and integrated products to inform decisions about our regional ocean.
SCCOOS brings together coastal observations in the Southern California Bight to provide information necessary to address issues in climate change, ecosystem preservation and management, coastal water quality, maritime operations, coastal hazards and national security. Also see SIO California Current Ecosystem (CCE) Interdisciplinary Biogeochemical Moorings http://mooring.ucsd.edu/index.html?/projects/cce/cce_intro.html
NERACOOS works on a variety of efforts in the Northeast, including: NE-CAN: The Northeast Coastal Acidification NetworkThe Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NE-CAN) represents a nexus of scientists, federal and state agency representatives, resource managers, and affected industry partners dedicated towards coordinating and guiding regional observing, research, and modeling endeavors.
The purpose is to better identify critical vulnerabilities, particularly with respect to regionally important and economically significant marine resources. NE-CAN is part of the larger Integrated Sentinel Monitoring Network coordinated by the joint Ocean and Coastal Ecosystem Health Committee of NERACOOS and the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC).
NE-CAN serves as a necessary interface between research and industry interests whereby state-of-the-science information can be readily exchanged. Regional interest groups and key data and information synthesis products can as a result be specifically tailored and informed by user group needs. NE-CAN’s area of focus is on the waters from Long Island Sound to the Scotian Shelf.
SECOORA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Acidification Program are facilitating the formation of the Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN) to support and encourage discussions on ocean and coastal acidification in the Southeast region.
SOCAN will enhance collaborations and communications throughout the region about ocean and coastal acidification regional drivers; approaches to monitoring; state-of- the science; and vulnerable species and ecosystems; among other concerns.
Ocean acidification (OA) is a global change in ocean chemistry resulting from the ocean’s uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2). Due to the burning of fossil fuels, land use change, and cement production, CO2 is increasing in the atmosphere.
Complex physical and biogeochemical interactions present a challenge to understanding the impacts of acidification at local and regional scales. It is necessary to identify the broader impacts of OA in the Southeast so we can adapt to changes in ocean chemistry and and its potential effects on marine ecosystems.
Engage with stakeholders to expand the understanding of OA processes and consequences in Alaska, and potential adaptation and mitigation actions. This will involve providing relevant information to, and hearing from, the fishing and aquaculture industries, policy makers, coastal communities and the general public.
Work with scientists and stakeholder communities to identify knowledge gaps and information needs, and recommend regional priorities for monitoring, research & modeling in both the natural and social sciences.
Share best practices for monitoring as well as promote the development of synthesis materials, and devise strategies to ensure funding is available to support these efforts.
Promote data sharing and act as a resource hub for OA information in Alaska for researchers, stakeholders and the general public, leveraging the AOOS data portal as needed.