DECEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER
NEWS FROM THE SOUTHEAST
CO 2 INCREASES IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC BIGHT
Recent research by Reimer et al. (2017) shows a multidecadal increase in sea surface CO 2 with a related decrease in pH in the South Atlantic Bight. These changes in coastal waters exceed those in the open ocean and also those expected from atmospheric increases. What's going on?

There are still many questions to be answered, but the scientists think there are many factors at play. For example, in the coastal regions, export of land-based carbon is the major contributor to increases in carbon dioxide, while regions further from shore are changing because of increases in temperature. Find out more...
IDEAS FOR CITIZEN SCIENCE

Our neighbors from the North, the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network ( MACAN), recently hosted a webinar on citizen science. Understanding acidification is a collaborative process and citizens can help! Listen to the webinar here.

SOCAN would like to build a network of university marine laboratories that can contribute to a wider network of acidification monitoring. Interested in getting involved? Contact SOCAN here.
(Image: Florida Sea Grant)
OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED

Attend a workshop!
SOCAN will host acidification stakeholder workshops in South Carolina and Georgia in spring of 2018. These workshops seek to engage stakeholders in acidification science and offer the opportunity for SOCAN to learn more about their data needs. 

Engage in collaborative research!
SOCAN is actively pursuing multiple funding opportunities to understand acidification and its impacts in the Southeast. Join the effort!

Contribute data!
A new SOCAN data portal is currently in development to visualize acidification data in the Southeast. Do we have your assets on the map? If you'd like to contribute, please submit here.

Become a member!
SOCAN is starting a membership option that will provide access to a growing network of ocean acidification scientists and stakeholders. Sign up and find out more  >
SECOORA DATA CHALLENGE WINNER
John Mwaniki, from Kennesaw State University, was selected this summer as a SECOORA Data Challenge Winner. His project to visualize pH data is well underway! Learn more about his efforts here.
SECOORA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Ocean Acidification Program are facilitating the operation of the SOCAN to support and encourage discussions on ocean and coastal acidification in the Southeast region.