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AFE Virtual Technical Session: Ocean Acidification: A discussion on current and future monitoring for Alaska

October 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ocean acidification is a growing topic of interest and concern for Alaskans. Alaska has been identified as a hotspot, and direct and indirect effects of ocean acidification could have serious implications for fisheries, food security, and the economy. Researchers with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration monitor ocean acidification in coastal waters around Alaska. In recent years, other groups including Tribes and coastal communities have joined the monitoring effort. The Alaska Ocean Acidification Network brings scientists and a diversity of stakeholders together to expand the understanding of ocean acidification processes and consequences in Alaska, as well as explore potential adaptation and mitigation strategies. This presentation will include a refresher on ocean acidification, the primary information needs voiced by Alaskans, and what we’ve learned from recent research and monitoring to address those needs. Identifying ‘actionable information’ continues to be a challenge and opportunity as we seek to better understand the responses of important species and the conditions they are experiencing now and may experience in the future. In addition to sharing information, this session will solicit dialogue and input from participants on partnerships and ideas to use federal funding for monitoring to better understand the Alaska region.
Shannon Cellan, Sitka Tribe of Alaska
Darcy Dugan, Alaska Ocean Acidification Network
Natalie Monacci, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Jacqueline Ramsay, Alutiiq Pride Marine Institute
Andie Wall, Kodiak Area Native Association


October 16
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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