OA Alliance Webinar Recording (60 minutes)

May 8, 2019

Monitoring for Ocean Acidification: Tools and Methodology, Global Networks and Collaborations, Understanding Coastal Interactions and Building a Regional Inventory.

Agenda- PART ONE: 

(1) Welcome and Introductions

 (2) Tools and methodology for ocean acidification monitoring and establishing SDG 14.3.1 indicator to ensure average marine acidity (pH) is measured consistently.

Bronte Tilbrook, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere/UN Community of Ocean Action Focal Point for Acidification

  • Understanding OA Conditions, Ecosystem Responses, and tools for Monitoring and Modeling
  • Tailoring monitoring priorities as responsive to local needs (vulnerability, capacity, economic and social consequences)
  • UN SDG 14.3.1 Indicator- Purpose of indicator?

(3) Report out from recent Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) annual workshop; Shaping GOA-ON to better meet the information needs of global and local decision makers 

Bronte Tilbrook, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere/GOA-ON, Co-Chair

  • Report out from 4thannual workshop (who attended, agenda topics/ themes, desired outcomes)
  • Specific emphasis on agenda topic: shaping GOA-ON to better meet the information needs of decision makers


Agenda- PART TWO: 

(4)  Leveraging observatory networks to better understand terrestrial coastal interactions

Jesse Vance, Department of Chemistry, University of Otago

  • Importance of coastal and freshwater systems in determining ocean acidification vulnerability and impacts
  • How can large scale terrestrial observatories be used to fill gaps in understanding and predicting drivers of coastal carbonate chemistry?
  • What types of collaborations should be encouraged to further fill gaps and provide a more complete picture of coastal ecosystem vulnerability? How can existing observatory networks be leveraged?

(5) Building a regional inventory of federal and local monitoring assets; Uses for decision makers

Caren Braby, Oregon State Department of Fish and Wildlife/ Pacific Coast Collaborative Oregon Representative

  • Brief background of PCC/ West Coast Panel regional collaboration and genesis of monitoring inventory
  • Process for creating inventory and creation of OAH Monitoring Task Force, emphasis on regional and federal collaboration
  • Goal of compiling inventory- hosting a network that effectively answers management questions about ocean acidification and hypoxia and informs actions that reduce impacts, improve resiliency and support adaptive management along the Pacific Coast of North America

(6) “Shell Day”: Engaging communities in monitoring and observations of coastal acidification- 5 min

Parker Gassett, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

  • Highlighting the role of water quality monitoring in understanding regional patterns and local risks
  • Engaging vast networks of community water quality monitors to make observations at regional scale
  • Emphasis on engaging new audiences to help inform longer term vulnerability assessments