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Ocean acidification
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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.

new commitment
Plan Sea: Ocean-Based Solutions to Climate Change
Plan Sea: Ocean-Based Solutions to Climate Change recognizes that while the world\\\'s oceans are being profoundly impacted climate change, and this will accelerate in the future, there are opportunities to develop ocean-based climate solutions that can also provide substantial co-benefits in terms of pursuit of a number of the Sustainable Developm [more]
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SCUBA Engagement Applying Submersible Technology to Advance Reef Science
With accurate, low-cost automated sensor technology attached to their dive gear, citizen scientist recreational scuba divers can reduce environmental data gaps, such as in the temperature, salinity, and light regimes that coral reefs experience. Data they collect and share will enhance the resolution and accuracy of satellite remote sensing dataset [more]
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The Coral Sonata
ARTSail originated in 2016 thanks to a Knight Arts Challenge grant. A nomadic, multi-faceted platform, ARTSail facilitates interdisciplinary practice to cultural producers in the creation of innovative content addressing the climate crisis specific to South Florida. We connect artists with climate activists, scientists and marine experts to invest [more]
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Zoe : Artificial Reef Assessment + Coral Planting
Zoe - A Living Sea Sculpture is a 15ft x 9ft x 6ft coral restoration project in Cozumel, Mexico using electrolysis through seawater to precipitate Calcium Carbonate onto a steel, DNA-inspired structure 12ft deep & 60m from shore. This project unites art, science, technology, and tourism to help regenerate corals and marine biodiversity in a highly [more]
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Empowering One Million Ecopreneurs
Suraksha is an organization with a mission of educating individuals and MSMEs to prevent pollution. Our training programs cover ocean acidification, reduction of GHG emissions, and achieving sustainability along with support to the innovation and technology commercialization around the globe. Our training programs, support for innovation, and techn [more]
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Supporting efforts to gather ocean stakeholders and communicate the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)
With different activities we support the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders in Germany and Europe with the following projects and activities: - Love Your Ocean Dusseldorf boat show - Activities with different partners [more]
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Ocean Acidification Framework
The City of Vancouver has a tradition of taking action on climate and environmental issues. We will work collaboratively across all levels of government, organizations and communities to advance our understanding of the interconnectedness of our actions with ocean acidification and seek solutions. The Ocean Acidification Framework is an opportunit [more]
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Restoring and protecting the ocean
Project Zero is a global movement supported by renowned scientists, business leaders, campaigners, culture makers and ocean experts, who are all working together to awaken the fight for the ocean. Project Zero works to raise global awareness and ignite behaviour change that benefits the ocean and raises new revenue to complete the most pressing pr [more]
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Policy strategies to declare 30% of the Uruguayan EEZ a Marine Protected Area MPA -EBSA-
The Sanctuary for Whales and Dolphins is considered the biggest protected areas in Uruguay (125.057 km2), declared by law 19.128 in 2013, as a result of the OCC campaign together with local communities especially K-12 students. The new important contribution is a multipurpose Marine Protected Area MPA's off-shore, in the same national waters of the [more]
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Nouveau Point de vue
PROJET VACECC: vision,adhésion,compréhension,éducation,changement,comportement porté par un groupe d'expert volontaire méthode sur https://npdv.nayanco.com cet volonté s'appuie sur un désir de changement et entres autres, sur l'expérience d'universitaires comme ceux composant le L.A.S.I. (Laboratoire des stratégies Industrielles), [more]
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Creating a vision to guide development of a sustainable ocean future: the Future Seas 2030 initiative
The Future Seas project develops evidence-informed scenarios of the future in 2030, for each of 12 Key Challenges facing the world's oceans. The project then generates a tangible plan for possible actions at local, regional and global scales to undertake to achieve the 2030 vision most in line with an equitable and sustainable future. Participan [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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