A new report titled “Scoping the Approach and Priorities for Ocean Acidification Monitoring Activities in Alaska” is now available.
The report was produced from a technical meeting of 28 ocean acidification researchers in Alaska in January of 2016. Based on the discussion during the meeting, the report covers monitoring priorities for Alaska, appropriate technologies, and acceptable standard operating protocols. The report also includes a table of moorings that have historically, currently, or will measure OA parameters, as well as shipboard sampling and shoreside sampling.
This report will guide the development of an OA monitoring build-out plan which will be completed in 2017. Recommendations include:
- Make long-term observations to answer the following questions on a regional basis:
- What is the regional change in OA
- What is the natural variability in that region
- What are the effects of external forcing and OA variability in regions?
- What are the links between inshore and offshore OA conditions?
- Delineate regions in Alaska that can be used to form a regional approach to OA research and monitoring.
- Form regional alliances where resources can be pooled or leveraged to make effective OA observations.
- Develop appropriate OA indices where possible for the state by a basin scale and then a regional scale.
- Build an inventory of OA research on organisms in Alaska to help identify candidate species for OA monitoring, and to help find effective ways to link OA with biology.
Throughout the workshop, participants stressed the growing need to develop an understanding of baseline OA variability in Alaska. They also discussed developing a plan for an OA network in Alaska, whose primary mission is to engage with stakeholders and expand the understanding of OA processes and consequences in Alaska. The network came to fruition in the summer of 2016.