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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
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]
Progress update
Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere & oceans acidification, #OceanAction22257
Address event Supporting webinar on the use of the revamped Ocean Conference website by #OceanAction22257 at https://www.facebook.com/ASHISHS80450398/?hc_ref=ARRTsSvSlMOQ6nnII7C3xlFDGc7u1y5SiET8ueqHC-rO_oC17X_R1EMfjZyVGR5o1IM
Progress update
Supporting the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification, #OceanAction20274
Ocean Conservancy's work supporting the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification (OA Alliance) is well underway. In 2017, we hired a full-time fellow who works closely with OA Alliance leadership to recruit new members and support development of members' OA Action Plans. The fellow has supported the OA Alliance's presence at several int [more]
Progress update
Development and strengthening of the regional research and monitoring network, as part of global efforts, on the ecological impacts of ocean acidification on coral reef ecosystems in the Western Pacific and its adjacent regions in support of the SDG 14.3, #OceanAction15274
The UNESCO/IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) has been advancing the regional research and monitoring network through the development of its SEAGOOS programme Monitoring and research the ecological impacts of ocean acidification on coral reef ecosystems. The Programme is part of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GO [more]
Progress update
Enhancing global ocean acidification monitoring and research, #OceanAction16542
GOA-ON contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in September 2015 by the United Nations, contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 14, life below water, is to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources, and consists of 10 [more]
Progress update
Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere & oceans acidification, #OceanAction22257
The possible impacts of changes in the climate with some simulation experiments are being be conducted as an ongoing part of the ApHRICA Project initiated in July 2016 and carried out in July 2017 in Mauritius under GOA-ON (Global Ocean Acidification- Observing Network), The Ocean Foundation (Washington D.C), NOAA and IAEA-OA-ICC. This research is [more]
New Commitment
Concept Design of Robotic Solar Powered Barges to Filter and Remove Oceanic Plastic, #OceanAction24152
A realistic and feasible solution to clean up the trillions of pieces of plastic garbage now building in massive Ocean Gyres around the World. Envisage a fleet of Solar Robotic Barges (SRBs) perpetually sailing between Oceanic Plastic Garbage Gyres and processing ports established as close as possible. The SRBs are guided by a combination of [more]
New Commitment
Watertrek , #OceanAction24104
Watertrek is a franco-british association founded by French Actress Sverine VASSELIN that aims to raise awareness on the need to protect aquatic ecosystems. Its work is structured around 3 main missions and poles: - TO EDUCATE (producing Creative Ocean Literacy Contents, using theater & fiction to inspire), - TO INITIATE (offering Paddle [more]
New Commitment
Mangrove Partnership Reporting Online Platform, #OceanAction23237
Monitoring, Partnership Reporting: States may wish to establish mechanisms to monitor and evaluate the implementation of these guidelines towards the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security, in accordance with their capacity and by building on existin [more]
New Commitment
Restoring dying and degraded coral reefs, #OceanAction22450
Coral Vita commits to planting thousands of corals to restore degraded reefs in the Caribbean over the next two years. As a mission-driven company committed to helping preserve coral reefs for future generations, we plan to launch our pilot coral farm by the end of 2017. There, we will be integrating breakthrough coral farming methods developed [more]
New Commitment
SEAFDEC Initiatives Toward Sustainable Development of Fisheries in ASEAN Region, #OceanAction22265
To develop and manage the fisheries potential of the region by rational utilization of the fisheries resources for providing food security and safety to the people and alleviating poverty through transfer of new technologies, research and information dissemination activities. SEAFDEC will continue the supports to all ASEAN Member States in implemen [more]
New Commitment
Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere & oceans acidification, #OceanAction22257
Major threat to our oceans & planet is climate. change Carbon Dioxide unprecedented levels in the atmosphere are cause of global warming & disrupting weather patterns, flooding, melting ice, rising seas level , droughts, & the devastation of ecosystems at sea. Oceans as the most effective buffers against climate change conditions , Oceans [more]
Voluntary Commitments
Knowledge Forum
Focal points
  • Mr. Bronte Tilbrook (Australia - CSIRO), co-chair, Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOAON)
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