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TURNING THE HEADLIGHTS ON HIGH: IMPROVING OCEAN ACIDIFICATION OBSERVATIONS AND NETWORKS IN SUPPORT OF SHELLFISH GROWERS

Providing data on real-time ocean conditions to shellfish growers has been likened to putting headlights on a car. In partnership, west coast scientists and growers are taking the next step together, figuratively turning the headlights on ‘high’. Through U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) and NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) Ocean Technology Transfer funding, growers, scientists, and west coast and Alaska IOOS regional associations are working together to develop new sensor capability and better capacity for their use. The region spans Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California, leveraging state investments, and includes partners in British Columbia, Canada. The project has established a regional ocean acidification measurement “expert” in each region to aid with on-site monitoring equipment in hatcheries and shellfish farms. Project goals are to 1) Develop new lower cost and higher accuracy pCO2 sensor technology for OA monitoring, expanding their use to new sites; 2) Utilize regional partnerships of growers and local experts to use the new OA sensors and provide quality assurance/quality control tests; 3) Establish data handling and dissemination mechanisms that provide both user-friendly and standards-based web service access that are exportable to IOOS; and 4) Provide education and outreach services to stakeholders concerned about and potentially impacted by OA. Data from these grower sites as well as offshore buoys are viewable from the “IOOS Pacific Region Ocean Acidification” (IPACOA) data portal in near-real time to aid growers in daily shellfish growing operations. This approach can be exported to others via the Global OA Observing Network.

http://www.ipacoa.org/

Authors

Newton, J. A., University of Washington & NANOOS, USA, janewton@uw.edu

Hales, B., Oregon State University, USA

Beck, J., Sunburst Sensors, USA

Evans, W., Hakai Institute, Canada

Alin, S., NOAA PMEL, USA

Hill, T., University of California, Davis, USA

Martz, T., Scripps Institute of Oceanography, USA

Mayorga, E., University of Washington

McCammon, M., AOOS, USA

Anderson, D., CeNCOOS, USA

Thomas, J., SCCOOS, USA

Barrette, M., PCSGA, USA

Details

Oral presentation

Session #:056
Date: 03/01/2017
Time: 14:45
Location: 305 A/B

Presentation is given by student: No