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Sea Grant and Ocean Acidification

The National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) funds research, education, and extension projects to improve community understanding of ocean and coastal acidification.

Industries depending on living marine resources are increasingly concerned about impacts of ocean acidification (OA) on marine ecosystems and subsequent social and economic impacts. Sea Grant funded research projects are designed to respond to stakeholder research questions and evaluate local environmental impacts and societal dependence on impacted species, to facilitate adaptive management strategies. As part of a broader NOAA-wide ocean acidification initiative, Sea Grant provides resource to coordinate regional and state efforts and clearly communicate how OA is affecting U.S. waters and living marine resources.

The Mid--Atlantic Sea Grant Programs and Ocean Acidification Program are funding a new regional Ocean Acidification Graduate Research Fellowship. For more information on eligability and how to apply, see the Fellowship Announcement and eSeaGrant Instruction documents below.

Fellowship Announcement (PDF download)

eSeaGrant Instructions (PDF download)

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Since 2008, Sea Grant has provided

over $11 million in research funding

to support innovative research that furthers the understanding of the effects of OA and related impacts on coastal communities, economies, fisheries and ecosystems.

Featured Ocean Acidification Impacts

Meet Sea Grant Experts in Ocean Acidification



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Wei-Jun Cai, Ph.D.

Professor, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, University of Delaware - Dr. Wei-Jun Cai is a co-prinicpal investigator on a Delaware Sea Grant-funded project exploring the relationships of nutrients, pH and acidification to explain and possibly predict Delaware Bay water quality shifts over time.

 

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George Waldbusser, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University - Dr. George Waldbusser is currently the principal investigator of an Oregon Sea Grant-funded project examining the response of Oregon pink shrimp larvae to ocean acidification and warming.

 

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Carolyn Friedman, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, University of Washington - Dr. Carolyn Friedman is a prinicpal investigator on Washington Sea Grant-funded work examining the response of Pacific Northwest bivalve species such as Pacific oysters.

 

Sea Grant and OAP Partnership


 NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) and Sea Grant began a partnership in 2016 to prioritize and invest in regional ocean and coastal acidification research to help coastal communities better adapt to ocean change.  This partnership has helped address regional priority research needs and increased regional awareness of OA concerns.

In 2016, the Northeast Sea Grant Consortium, in partnership with OAP, funded four 2-year research projects to address the impacts of OA on key resource species in the northeast as an aid to assist coastal communities in adapting to current and future OA conditions in the region. The following ongoing research projects were funded through this regional initiative:

 

 

Ocean Acidification Stories and News

Ocean Acidification Research Fellowship available to students in Mid-Atlantic

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Ocean Acidification Research Fellowship available to students in Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant Programs (MASGP), in partnership with the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), are pleased to announce the availability of Ocean Acidification (OA) Graduate Research Fellowships for the two-year period covering the 2018 and 2019 academic years.

West Coast Shellfish Industry Recognizes Consequences of Ocean Acidification

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West Coast Shellfish Industry Recognizes Consequences of Ocean Acidification

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A survey funded by Oregon Sea Grant found that more than 80 percent of respondents from the west coast shellfish industry agree that ocean acidification is having negative consequences on production.

NOAA and Sea Grant fund $800,000 in research to understand effects of ocean changes on iconic Northeast marine life

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NOAA and Sea Grant fund $800,000 in research to understand effects of ocean changes on iconic Northeast marine life

NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) and the Northeast Sea Grant Programs joined together to prioritize and fund new research on how ocean acidification is affecting marine life including lobsters, clams, oysters, mussels and sand lance that are so important to the Northeast region.

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