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Ocean acidification

Ocean acidification 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 coral reefs and other species with calcium carbonate skeletons, 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 70 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.

Updates & New Voluntary Commitments
Progress update
Ocean futures: solutions from science, #OceanAction14995
The Western Channel Observatory (WCO) is an oceanographic time-series and marine biodiversity reference site in the Western English Channel. In-situ measurements are undertaken weekly at a coastal station (now 30 years long) and fortnightly at an open shelf station. The WCO measures several factors crucial to the functioning of the marine ecosystem [more]
Progress update
Ocean futures: solutions from science, #OceanAction14995
The Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) multidisciplinary programme, which undertakes biological, chemical and physical oceanographic research during an annual voyage between the UK and destinations in the South Atlantic. In its 23rd year the programme enables scientists to make open ocean observations through a wide latitudinal range, including the [more]
Progress update
Ocean futures: solutions from science, #OceanAction14995
Plymouth Marine Laboratory is also committed to examine the impacts of ocean acidification and other climate change stressors in the Arctic Ocean through its leadership of a new research programme Pathways and emissions of climate-relevant trace gases the a changing Arctic Ocean (PETRA). PETRA will combine chemical and biological observations with [more]
Progress update
Ocean futures: solutions from science, #OceanAction14995
Modelling and predicting ocean acidification: Plymouth Marine Laboratory has an extensive program and track record of developing predictive models that describe the onset of acidification; its interactions with other anthropogenic pressures in the marine environment and the impact of OA on ecosystem function. Our speciality is to address regional s [more]
Progress update
Ocean futures: solutions from science, #OceanAction14995
The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) was developed in 2012 by scientists seeing the necessity for international collaboration on global observation of ocean acidification as well as capacity building. GOA-ON is a collaborative international approach to document the status and progress of ocean acidification in open-ocean, coast [more]
Progress update
HYBRIT - Towards fossilfree steel, #OceanAction17154
The final report of the Pre-feasibility Study was released on February 1, 2018, with the following key findings:

- No unforeseen technical obstacles identified
- Production cost comparison for greenfield cases under current Swedish conditions:
o HYBRIT-case cost 20-30% higher than Blast Furnace case at todays situation (with free E [more]
New Commitment
Development in Social, Agricultural, Educational and Environmental projects., #OceanAction27576
Our objectives are to provide assistance and help to achieve development for agricultural communities to increase capacities and environment for growth. Improving and establishing environmental controls to benefit these communities and reduce the negative impact of a polluted environment. Also improving the social situation for these communities th [more]
New Commitment
Campaign of cleaning the Mediterranean , #OceanAction27519
1- To contribute to improving the environmental and aesthetic situation in Lebanon especially in Byblos and its surrounding villages through environmental activities and projects with the cooperation of major stakeholders 2-To raise environmental awareness and foster a sense of citizenship in order to preserve the heritage by the individuals, [more]
New Commitment
Mahim Beach Cleanup , #OceanAction27469
Slum & Rural Innovation Project, is a Storytelling and Technology Education platform in India, dedicated to ignite the curiosity, problem solving capabilities and innovative spirit of kids, youth and women in lower income groups of urban slums and rural communities. Our programs help the participants to envision their potential and learn skills [more]
New Commitment
Managed Pollution Zone (formerly RePlaROc), #OceanAction27152
Managed Pollution Zone (www.ManagedPollutionZone.com, formerly RePlaROc): complete activity line - from removing plastic (MMPW) and other significant pollution from rivers and river banks (most polluted rivers in SouthEast Asia) and oceans through pre-processing the waste till production of much needed products from plastic waste: fuel (heavy oil), [more]
New Commitment
The Blue Pledge for Sustainable Pearls - Fostering Ocean Conservation and a Blue Economy, #OceanAction26539
Our pearl farms are located in areas of the Pacific that boast some of the greatest marine biodiversity and are most prone to climate change on the planet. Unlike most other gemstone extraction, marine pearl farming is renewable and dependent on a healthy oceanic ecosystem: a thriving environment will produce finer pearls, inextricably linking envi [more]
New Commitment
Ocean Acidification Investigation in East Africa, #OceanAction26456
The main aim of Dr Roshan Ramessur (Associate Professsor in Coastal Sciences) Research team's at the University of Mauritius is to investigate ocean acidification in Mauritius and East Africa taking into account the current state of seawater carbonate chemistry in terms of pH, salinity, temperature and alkalinity of the water in the selected areas [more]
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