The site includes:
- Background on ocean acidification
- Maps and descriptions of monitoring efforts
- Lab studies on marine species
- Current trends and forecasts for Alaska waters
- Links to data
- List of experts and their expertise
- Upcoming presentations and workshops
- Scientific articles, webinars, and links
The network is the fourth regional ocean acidification network in the US, and will help connect scientists and stakeholder communities, recommend regional priorities, share data, and determine best practices for monitoring.
Ocean acidification has become an increasing concern for Alaska. Scientists estimate that the ocean is 25% more acidic today than it was 300 years ago, largely due to increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil fuels and changes in land use. Almost half of the CO2 emitted remains in the atmosphere, with the land and ocean absorbing the rest. When the ocean absorbs CO2, its pH balance changes through a process called ocean acidification. Because cold water can absorb more CO2 than warm water, acidification can disproportionately impact coastal regions around Alaska.
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.
Questions or comments?
Contact Darcy Dugan Alaska Ocean Observing System Alaska Ocean Acidification Network Coordinator 907-444-1509, firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the OA network and ACCAP for a webinar on August 9, 2016 Ocean Acidification in Alaska: Current status, monitoring efforts, and potential impacts to marine life