Ocean chemistry is rapidly changing due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, which has increased the acidity of seawater worldwide. Ocean acidification can affect marine resources such as fish and shellfish and may be particularly acute in Gulf of Maine waters because low temperatures and runoff from the land can exacerbate acidic conditions.
On Jan. 16, representatives from NCCOS participated in an ocean acidification workshop in Alberta, Maine. Local experts presented the most recent ocean acidification science and updates on national, regional, and state efforts to tackle ocean acidification; potential mitigation and adaptation strategies; and the prioritization of next steps for Maine. The January workshop was funded by Maine Sea Grant, the Maine Coastal Program, and the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund.
NCCOS currently partners with NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program and the North Atlantic Regional Team, supporting research and monitoring efforts to provide a foundation for understanding regional ocean acidification processes and impacts.
For more information, contact Elizabeth.Turner@noaa.gov.