Alaska Ocean Acidification Network

  • New Report Available on Approach and Priorities for Ocean Acidification Monitoring in Alaska

    The report was produced from a technical meeting of 28 ocean acidification researchers in Alaska in 2016, and covers monitoring priorities, appropriate technologies, and acceptable operating protocols.

    Alaska Ocean Acidification ‘State of the Science’ workshop presentations now available

    The Alaska Ocean Acidification Network hosted a workshop in Anchorage on Nov 30-Dec 1, inviting a broad audience to discuss the latest monitoring, research, impacts to species, and ideas for community engagement.

    Registration open for OA "State of the Science" Workshop

    The Alaska OA Network invites you to a 2-day workshop Nov 30-Dec 1. Presentations will include an OA primer, current monitoring efforts, impacts to species, future forecasts, and more. This free event is open to the public.

    New "Burke-O-Lator" system installed at Ketchikan shellfish facility

    The OceansAlaska site joins a suite of monitoring systems co-located with hatcheries across the Pacific Northwest, strengthening the partnership between OA research and the shellfish industry.

    Welcome to the network

    Alaska joins other regions nationwide in launching an OA network, designed to expand the understanding of ocean acidification processes and consequences in Alaska, as well as potential adaptation and mitigation actions.

    Alaska Ocean Acidification Network News Features archive

  • Scientist Interview

    Esther Kennedy is the environmental specialist with the Sitka Tribe.  Born and raised in Alaska, she now oversees a number of ocean acidification monitoring projects in the Sitka Sound area.

    What drew you to the study of ocean acidification in Alaska?

    I studied geology in college, specifically Earth history and paleo-ocean chemistry. Ocean acidification has been directly implicated with or associated with most marine mass extinctions in the last 500 million years! The more I learned about ocean acidification’s morbid history, the more modern acidification work fascinated me. Now we have the opportunity to study acidification on a much faster time frame than we have seen in the geologic record (everyone has to find a silver lining somewhere…). I was lucky enough to be offered a job getting an OA-monitoring project started at the Sitka Tribe of Alaska in 2015 and have been happily working on that project ever since.

    Tell us more about your role — what element of OA do you work on, and where?

    I work for the Resource Protection Department of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, where our primary focus is to ensure or improve access to traditional subsistence or cultural resources. Our interest in ocean acidification is centered on how increased acidity will affect populations of or access to marine resources like salmon, shellfish, groundfish, and seaweed. Nearshore ocean acidification research is still a relatively new field, especially in Alaska, it is still an open question whether OA’s effects are likely to be amplified or attenuated on local scales around Southeast…..

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  • Upcoming events

    • Feb 16: Alaska OA Network Executive Committee meeting 
    • Feb 22: Presentation to Alaska Legislature (Juneau)
    • Feb 22: Presentation to United Fishermen of Alaska (Juneau)