April 17, 2018

MIT Sea Grant Hosts Ocean and Coastal Acidification Citizen Science Monitoring Workshop May 10th

MIT Sea Grant will be hosting a one day workshop focused on citizen science monitoring for ocean and coastal acidification (OCA). The workshop will be held on May 10th, 2018 from 9 am to 4:30 pm. This workshop to be entirely free of charge. Attendance is limited in order to provide hands-on opportunities with monitoring equipment. Lunch and tea/coffee will be available.

What to expect during the workshop:

- Highlights from the EPA “Guidelines for Measuring Changes in Seawater pH and Associated Carbonate Chemistry in Coastal Environments of the Eastern United States.”
- A State of the Science Keynote Address by Dr. Jennie Rheuban regarding advances in OCA science and the value of water monitoring for sustainability. Jennie is a Research Associate in Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where she has studied OCA since 2014.
- Updates on coastal acidification research in your area.

Interactive components of the workshop:

- Hands-on equipment demonstrations.
- Acidification education activities that you can share with other volunteers.
- A planning session on data sharing and creating an OCA citizen science database.
- A discussion on the regional opportunity to coordinate citizen science nearshore and offshore sampling during the summer 2018 NOAA East Coast Ocean Acidification Cruise.

If your organization would like to take part please email MIT Sea Grant ecologist Carolina Bastidas at bastidas@mit.edu to request an invitation.

This effort is supported by the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program and facilitated by the Northeast Coastal Acidification Network through NERACOOS. It is led by a steering committee including Parker Gassett, Esperanza Stancioff, and Aaron Strong (UMaine), Katie O’Brien-Clayton (CT Dept of Energy and Environmental Protection), Kristin DeRosia-Banick (CT Dept of Ag), Carolina Bastidas (MIT Sea Grant), Beth Turner (NOAA), Jason Grear and Adam Pimenta (EPA), and Ru Morrison and Kelly Canesi (NERACOOS).