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Ocean acidification
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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
Mangroves Cultivation and Seawall Protection, #OceanAction28101
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]
New Commitment
Humpback Whale Research Project, Bermuda, #OceanAction28020
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]
New Commitment
Dr.Deepa Gavali, #OceanAction27959
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]
New Commitment
Blueribbon Ocean Conversation Association , #OceanAction27880
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]
New Commitment
Protecting Kep Archipelago, #OceanAction27759
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]
New Commitment
Youth & MSP , #OceanAction27744
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]
Voluntary Commitments
Knowledge Forum
Focal points
  • Mr. Bronte Tilbrook (Australia - CSIRO), co-chair, Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOAON)
  • Mr. David Osborn, Director, Environment Laboratories, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
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