BC OAH Action Plan
The BC OAH Action aims to determine the state of knowledge related to ocean acidification and hypoxia in BC’s coastal waters, with long-term goals for addressing knowledge gaps and developing adaptation and mitigation strategies to support the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, traditional harvesters, and other BC seafood interests.
Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Climate Action Initiatives
Tsleil-Waututh members have observed the effects of climate change in our territory for decades. OA is a concern to TWN, along with other ocean-related effects of climate change. Burrard Inlet is becoming more acidic, and research is underway to determine whether the cause is disproportionately associated with OA or if the reduction in pH is attributed to urban and industrial inputs.
In 2019, the City of Vancouver declared a climate emergency, and in response focused on drastically cutting the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. The City of Vancouver has also registered our ocean acidification Framework, as a Voluntary Commitment to help support the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life Below Water.
Vancouver Action Plan
Baynes Sound Data
This project aims to better understand the short- and long-term variability that occurs within these productive waters. With more data, it is hoped that producers will have the information needed to make the best decisions for their harvest. This online resource gives users access to real time ocean monitoring data in Baynes Sound.
Learn how our oceans are absorbing increasingly more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, leading to lower pH and greater acidity with this educational resource from NOAA. Ocean acidification is fundamentally changing the chemistry of the world’s oceans and threatening our marine resources.
Dungeness Crab Case Study Resources
Dungeness crab is a valuable species throughout the National Marine Sanctuaries of the West Coast from Washington state to throughout California. This communication toolkit is designed for educators and communicators to use to teach others about the impact of ocean acidification on Dungeness crab.
Commonwealth Blue Charter: Ocean Acidification Action Group
The Commonwealth Blue Charter is an agreement by all 54 Commonwealth countries, adopted at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, April 2018. New Zealand will champion the Ocean Acidification Action Group –improving the capacity of Commonwealth countries to address the impact of ocean acidification.
DFO:What is Ocean Acidification?
Ocean acidification is a global threat with potential impacts on marine food webs, ecosystem productivity, commercial fisheries and global food security. This threat has prompted the international scientific community, including Fisheries and Oceans Canada, to investigate the implications of this significant international governance issue.
GOA-ON Pier2Peer Program
Pier2Peer is a GOA-ON program that matches early career scientists with senior researchers across the globe. This program provides opportunities for knowledge exchange, conferences scholarships post doc positions and more!
BC Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy
B.C.’s Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy outlines four pathways to help ensure we stay safe and to prepare for a changing climate. The strategy highlights B.C.'s overall direction and actions that the Province is taking to help better understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change, and is supported by more than $500 million in funding.
Create an Ocean Acidification Action Plan!
Action Plans can be used by more people than just governments, they can be used by any individual or group that is faced with a problem! We have created an educational resource outlining how to design a Action plan of your own that can be used to address OA in your community and beyond! This resource is targeted for students but could be used by anyone looking to make an action plan!
GOA-ON Data Explorer
The GOA-ON data portal "provides access and visualization to ocean acidification data and data synthesis products being collected around the world from a wide range of sources, including moorings, research cruises, and fixed time series stations" and represents them as an easy-to-use map. The map contains worldwide (and in some cases also real-time!) data and observation assets which are represented as interactive icons.
Climate Change and Ocean Acidification: Olympic Coast- Video
In recent years, shellfish growers in Washington state have needed to develop monitoring and treatment practices to avoid spawning failures that have been linked to periodic upwelling of more acidic ocean waters. Read this overview of OA research on the Olympic coast!
Commonwealth Blue Charter: Ocean Acidification Policymakers Handbook
The Commonwealth Blue Charter helped put together an Ocean Acidification policymakers handbook. This contains many of the tools that a policy maker needs to be acquainted with to effectively make decisions about Ocean Acidification.
DFO: Ocean Acidification Video
This video from the DFO-Canada outlines how the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have continued to increase due to human activities, lowering the pH of the ocean and making it more acidic. This process of ocean acidification increasingly affects ecosystems and those communities that directly rely on the ocean.
GOA-ON Sampling Standards
Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) sampling standard gives guidance on the proper way to execute ocean acidification observations, to allow for data to be compared world wide. It also gives advice on what to kinds of data to collect and and how to submit to the SDG 14.3.1 Indicator, for world-wide comparison.
OA-ICC Biological Response Portal
This easy-to-use data repository and publication catalog focuses on biological response to ocean acidification. This resource allows you to easily search existing datasets through easy-to-use filters under the categories of Spatial information, Experimental information, Biological information, and Bibliographic information (as can be seen in the image below).
Ocean Acidification Impact on Oysters and Other Shellfish-Video
PMEL Carbon Program Video- The world's oceans are absorbing carbon dioxide at an unprecedented rate and the resulting acidification is transforming marine ecosystems. Hari Sreenivasan, of PBS NewsHour reports on how ocean acidification is already affecting oysters and other shellfish in the U.S.
NOAA Archived Webinars
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has a collection of archived educational webinars targeted at students and teachers available on their website. Click the image to begin exploring these resources.