Alaska Ocean Acidification Network

  • Compilation of research on OA impacts to Alaska species now available

    Relatively few of Alaska's marine species have been studied for their response to OA, however the body of research is growing each year. OARC has put together an annotated list of studies and results to provide an overview of what we know.

    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.

    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

    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.

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

    As a chemical oceanographer, my specialty has always been the carbon cycle, though in various forms.  Really old carbon, new carbon, in the mud, from plants.   Now, I focus on carbon in the water.  This was new for me when I started working at the Ocean Acidification Research Center (OARC) seven years ago.  My interest in OA has persisted because there is still so much to figure out.

    Q: Tell us more about your role — what element do you work on and where?

    My official title is Deputy Director of OARC, which means I work on all of our projects.  I handle logistics, equipment maintenance, and data collection.   Our group has two basic means of data collection: collecting discrete water samples, these we bring back and analyze at the lab in Fairbanks; and deploying autonomous sensors, which are logging data while at sea.  Both of these approaches require a lot of planning and calibration.  We work on all three coasts, Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and the Arctic Ocean, so we have a lot coming and going across the state at any given time.

    Read the rest of the interview

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  • Upcoming events

    • April 20: Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium – OA presentation (Kodiak)
    • April 22: Earth Day/March for Science – info table (Anchorage)
    • May 2-4: Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop – OA Poster (Anchorage)
    • June 7: First sailing of the state ferry M/V Columbia equipped with OA sensor package (2x/wk between Bellingham, WA to Skagway, AK)
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