Understanding Ocean Acidification


To join our worldwide network of educators interested in ocean acidification or for questions about hosting workshops in your community, please contact Laura Francis, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Education Coordinator, at laura.francis@noaa.gov

Resources and Presentations

Effective Practices for Ocean Acidification Communication, September 2012

West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries hosted an Effective Practices for Ocean Acidification (OA) Communication and Education workshop in Monterey, California in September 28th 2012 immediately following The Ocean in a High CO2 World: Ocean Acidification Symposium.

The workshop brought together expert scientists, stakeholders, professional educators and communicators from sanctuaries, reserves, and other parts of NOAA as well as national and state parks, aquariums, informal science centers, and NGOs to determine the most effective messages and tools to communicate the potential impacts of ocean acidification and positive actions to the public.

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Ocean Acidification Workshops, October 2010

In October 2010, a series of workshops were held in Ventura and Santa Barbara to train ocean educators and volunteers about the issue of ocean acidification. Prior to the workshops one third of participants felt they had a good understanding about ocean acidification. After the workshop 95% of participants indicated that they were well-informed about the topic.

The workshops consisted of lectures and hands-on activities that taught participants about how increasing acidity affects marine life.

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Uta Passow, Researcher, UC Santa Barbara

Linking Global Climate Change to Oceanic Ecosystem Functioning.

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This talk showed some of the evidence of global climate change and its physical-chemical consequences for marine waters. It also explored some of the concerns for marine ecosystems in a changing world. Research results were used to illustrate the complexity of biological interactions.

Carol Blanchette, Marine Ecologist, Marine Science Institute, UC Santa Barbara

Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 Problem.

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Carol Blanchette studies the ecology of coastal ecosystems, including nearshore kelp, seagrass and rocky intertidal habitats. Her presentation focused on the basics of ocean acidification and the potential impacts of OA in our local region.

Lei Lani Stelle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Redlands, Coastal Ecosystems Research Foundation

Gray Whales: Could Climate Change Put Their Recovery at Risk?

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Lei Lani has been studying gray whales since 1997 through a nonprofit research organization, Coastal Ecosystems Research Foundation. Her presentation reviewed current research on the effect of climate change on the gray whale population. She noted that ocean acidification may affect their food supply, and increased noise may affect them as well, but there is little research on this to date.

Emily Yam and Alie LeBeau, Aquarium of the Pacific

Climate Change Communication: Learning Lessons and Reflective Practice.

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Emily Yam, Dave Bader, Catherine Fox, and Alie LeBeau shared the ways in which the Aquarium of the Pacific has equipped its staff to communicate about climate change. They have used on-the-floor activities, interactives, biofacts, and technology in combination with careful framing and messaging. They continue learning how to communicate climate change by reflecting carefully on their practices and sharing their experiences with a broader community of informal educators.

Jim Barry, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Ocean Acidification and California Coastal Ecosystems.

In August 2011, Jim Barry, Senior Scientist with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, presented “Ocean Acidification and California Coastal Ecosystems” at a West Coast National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Acidification Education Workshop

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Thanks to Our Partners

These workshops were organized by The Sanctuary Education Team, a working group of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, in cooperation with the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Channel Islands National Park, UCSB Marine Science Institute, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Ty Warner Sea Center, and COSEE-West. Thanks also to the Citrix volunteers who put together this website.

Spreading the Word

These workshops were designed to provide a scientific understanding of ocean acidification and resources for marine volunteers and ocean interpreters to explain ocean acidification – the other CO2 problem – to their audiences.