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New model developed to predict impact of climate-driven changes to the California Current System

Increased carbon emissions have warmed and acidified oceans and caused shifts in ocean current systems, threatening marine ecosystems and the people connected to them. The North Pacific Ocean in particular is expected to experience some of the largest changes in ocean conditions by 2100. Until now, little was known about how coastal processes—those oceanic processes that occur near the coast—can modify these projections.

VIDEO: WOAC and partners profiled in AGU Thought Leadership Series

This year, the Washington Ocean Acidification Center was selected to be included in the AGU Thought Leadership Series, which profiles the work and research of urgent environmental issues. We were selected due to the desire to spotlight centers that are “working against the clock” to alleviate ocean acidification.

Rate Of Ocean Acidification May Accelerate, Scientists Warn

Last summer, scientists met at the University of Washington to address alarming findings concerning the rapid acidification of the world’s oceans. Experts at that symposium warned that wildlife in the Salish Sea, from salmon to shellfish, may start to see significant effects from changing water chemistry within the next 10 to 20 years. 

Washington Leads: Connecting Ocean Acidification Research To People Who Need It Most

At the helm of EarthLab’s Washington Ocean Acidification Center are two experienced ocean scientists, but what they are trying to do is something entirely new. Terrie Klinger and Jan Newton are Salish Sea experts – one an ecologist, one an oceanographer – and they are addressing one of the biggest emerging threats to our environment today, ocean acidification. 

2019 Ocean Acidification Symposium

The Washington Ocean Acidification Center will convene its Third Biennial Science Symposium on Thursday, May 30 at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle, WA. This day-long symposium will consist of invited presentations from regional experts. 

Partnering With Indigenous Communities To Anticipate And Adapt To Ocean Change

 
The productive ocean off Washington state’s Olympic Coast supports an abundant web of life including kelp forests, fish, shellfish, seabirds and marine mammals. The harvest and use of these treaty-protected marine resources have been central to the local tribes’ livelihoods, food security and cultural practices for thousands of years. 

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