UN World Ocean Day 2020

Advancing Knowledge into Action

Innovative Solutions to Address Impacts of Ocean Acidification

June 11, 2020

12:00pm- 1:30pm EST

Program will focus on innovative and inclusive actions that are helping local communities and regions:

  • develop predictive forecasting models and local monitoring that can inform adaptation responses
  • explore shellfish hatchery techniques; buffering and selecting for tolerance that build resilience
  • deploy nature-based solutions and submerged aquatic vegetation as a mitigation and adaptation tool 
  • drive private and public collaborations that are helping to advance knowledge and priorities for action


(1) Welcome and Introductions

  • Jessie Turner, OA Alliance, Project Coordinator

(2) Enhancing protection and management of New Zealand coastal ecosystems:  Key recommendations from New Zealand’sCoastal Acidification: Rate, Impacts and Management Project  (Not featured on recording)

  • Cliff Law, Principal Scientist-Marine Biogeochemistry, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

(3) Kelp Farming as Strategy for Remediating OA and Improving Shellfish Cultivation

  • Nichole Price, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences 

(4) From Knowledge to OA Action: Forecasting future conditions and enhancing partnerships with impacted industry and communities.

  • Jacqueline Ramsay, Water Quality Lab Manager, Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery

(5) Deploying affordable monitoring kits around the world: Building the capacity of scientists, policymakers, and communities to monitor, understand and respond to ocean acidification locally.

  • Alexis Valauri-Orton, Ocean Acidification Program Manager, Ocean Foundation 

(6) Private and public collaborations: Engaging passenger ferries and other cruise vessels to monitor for changing ocean conditions.

  • Wiley Evans, Ocean Acidification Program Manager, Hakai Institute 

(7) Closing remarks from UN Peace Boat Ecoship: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and outlining long-term commitments to ocean and climate action.

  • Emilie McGlone, Director of Peace Boat US