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Ocean acidification

Ocean acidity has increased by roughly 26% since pre-industrial times because of increased releases of CO2 due to the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities. Ocean acidification is detrimental to many marine species, such as corals and other species with calcium carbonate skeletons or shells, with impacts on their physiology and long-term fitness. These impacts, in combination with increases in upper-ocean temperature, stratification and de-oxygenation of sub-surface waters can affect processes fundamental to the overall structure and functioning of marine ecosystems with far-reaching consequences and potentially profound socio-economic impacts. The potential for marine organisms to adapt to increasing CO2 and the broader implications for ocean ecosystems are not well known and require further research.

Approximately 250 voluntary commitments relate to ocean acidification, either as their main component, or as part of a broader range of management and conservation actions. Specific activities include scientific research and research collaborations, building resilience against impacts of ocean acidification, and activities related to mitigation and carbon sequestration.

This Community of Ocean Action aims to support its members in implementing their ocean acidification-related voluntary commitments by exchanging progress reports, experiences, lessons learned and good practices.

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Measure and Report Ocean Acidification - Sustainable Development Goal 14.3.1 Indicator Methodology
The ocean absorbs up to 30% of the annual emissions of anthropogenic CO2 to the atmosphere, helping to alleviate the impacts of climate change on the planet. However, this comes at a steep ecological cost, as the absorbed CO2 reacts with seawater and results in shifts in the dissolved carbonate chemistry including increased acidity levels in the ma [more]
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Facilitating global coordination and collaboration on ocean acidification
The IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) promotes international coordination and collaboration to advance ocean acidification science and help build a strong research community across the globe. The Centre provides access to training, tools, resources and opportunities for networking and collaboration, directly suppor [more]
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Webinar: COA on Ocean Acidification
The Community of Ocean Action on Ocean Acidification (COA on OA) held its second webinar on 5 February 2019, where the focal points of the COA on OA (David Osborn, International Atomic Energy Agency and Bronte Tilbrook, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) provided updates, and Jessie Turner presented on the work being done [more]
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The Prevention of plastic pollution through Sustainable development
1st=United youth for peace and Reconciliation (UYFPAR), is a charitable organization based in Liberia, has two main goals; to restore peace and prevent the marine environment from plastic pollution. The part of prevention is to inform and raise awareness to the world in the use, reduction and recycling of plastic, while enhancing Circular Econo [more]
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Oceanographic monitoring in the Northeast Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic
Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) supports research across physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of the ocean over long time periods. The scientific discoveries emerging from this research contribute to the global effort to provide evidence-based decision-making that will enable sustainable management of ocean resources. ONCs observat [more]
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Mangroves Cultivation and Seawall Protection
Cochin Social Service Society stands for poor and deprived people of the country. KLM and KUFF is the program aimed at protecting fishermen and oceans. KUFF (Kerala United Fishermen Forum) aimed at protecting fishermen inhabiting both the coastal slums and islands. Through this program the unorganized and exploited inland women fish workers have [more]
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Humpback Whale Research Project, Bermuda
Identification of humpback whales in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean during the whales' pelagic migration from their southern breeding/calving grounds in the West Indies to their feeding grounds on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA, Eastern Canada, Labrador, Greenland, Iceland and perhaps Norway. With a private catalogue of 1,500 individual fl [more]
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Dr.Deepa Gavali
Gujarat, with its longest coastline of 1,600 km on Arabian Sea forms the northern-western maritime state of India. The present study is being conducted for coastal villages and urban centers along 14 talukas around the Gulf of Kachchh in a view of assessing the variability pertaining to environmental, ecological, cultural and socio-economical chan [more]
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Blueribbon Ocean Conversation Association
BlueRibbon Ocean Conservation Association (BROCA), founded in Sanya, Hainan Province on June 1, 2007, is a non-profit NGO dedicated to ocean education and awareness raising, marine debris clean-up, coastal ecosystem conservation and the promotion of developing a non-governmental ocean conservation network in China. The Blue Ribbon Ocean Conservati [more]
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Protecting Kep Archipelago
Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC) is an independent community based NGO with a respected national environmental policy and advocacy role. MCC is committed to: protecting and restoring healthy and sustainable marine ecosystems, strengthening their resilience supporting and empowering small-scale fishing communities whos people, for generation [more]
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Youth & MSP
The main objective of the strategy is to increase the interest of youth on ocean sciences and especially on the process of maritime spatial planning. The idea is to use comics and cartoons to spread the word about the need to plan the seas, and the global need of maritime spatial planning processes. In the future also make partnerships with comic c [more]
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Webinar: COA on Ocean Acidification
The Community of Ocean Action of Ocean Acidification (COA on OA) hosted a kick-off webinar on 17 October 2018. This webinar included an analysis of the focus and scope of the Voluntary Commitments on ocean acidification, and participants discussed current progress and opportunities for collaboration.
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  • Mr. Bronte Tilbrook (Australia - CSIRO), co-chair, Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOAON)
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