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Webinar: Monitoring Ocean Acidification in Alaska's Marine Ecosystems

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021, 1:00

Wednesday, November 10, 2021. 1:00 PM. Webinar: Monitoring Ocean Acidification in Alaska's Marine Ecosystems. Natalie Monacci, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Sponsored by NOAA. More information here. Register here.

Abstract: Ocean Acidification (OA) is an important manifestation of global climate change, a result of anthropogenically increased carbon dioxide in the oceans. OA has the potential to negatively affect Alaska's Blue Economy by changing ocean chemistry, which could have impacts on culturally and commercially important species. Research conducted by the Ocean Acidification Research Center (OARC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) scales the intensity, duration, and extent of OA events around the state. Projects in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea, and Beaufort Sea will be presented and include observations from long-term autonomous monitoring, repeat hydrographic projects, and modelling efforts. The 10- year collaboration between the UAF's OARC and NOAA's EcoFOCI to outfit the Bering Sea biophysical mooring site 2 (M2) will be highlighted. The OARC outfits NOAA's surface mooring at M2, affectionately known as Peggy, with instrumentation to monitor carbonate system variables. As a result, Peggy, in addition to NOAA's core biophysical observations, is part of a worldwide network to gather long-term data on carbon dioxide in the ocean and how OA is progressing in different regions.

Bio(s): Natalie Monacci is the Deputy Director of the Ocean Acidification Research Center (OARC) at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks where she has been managing all OARC activities since 2010

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