MAY/JUNE 2019 NEWSLETTER
NEWS FROM THE SOUTHEAST:
ACIDIFICATION IN THE STATES
´╗┐UP NEXT: GEORGIA
SOCAN is continuing our efforts to synthesize acidification information at state and local levels. In the last newsletter, we looked at acidification in North Carolina. Now we move south to the relatively undeveloped coast of Georgia. What are the acidification mechanisms in Georgia and what's at stake?
Learn more on our new Georgia page.
WHAT'S AT STAKE IN GEORGIA?
Georgia is looking to expand their shellfish industry with the emergence of new legislation to legalize oyster farming. What can we learn from other regions that are already feeling the effects of acidification?

The carbonate chemistry of Georgia's estuaries has been well-studied for over a decade. Research has shown that these coastal waters are changing and studies are starting to untangle the different mechanisms of acidification to identify the sources of these changes. Georgia has an opportunity to consider acidification science and monitoring in their plans to expand the shellfish industry. Learn more about what acidification could mean to Georgia on the new SOCAN Georgia page.

Photo: Sapelo Sea Farms, Georgia
WHAT CAN SOCAN BRING TO THE TABLE IN FLORIDA?

We are in the early stages of planning what SOCAN can bring to the table to advance acidification research and engagement efforts in Florida. SOCAN offers organizational capacity, workshop support and provides a platform for communication and collaboration. Do you have ideas of gaps and opportunities in Florida that align with what SOCAN can offer? If so, contact SOCAN here!

Photo credit: Kyle Miller, FWC
UPDATES IN ACIDIFICATION MONITORING
Acidification monitoring can be tricky. Here are two new resources, an upcoming webinar and a new publication, to discuss recent advancements in monitoring carbonate chemistry:

Webinar from Sea-Bird Scientific: Ocean Acidification: High-Frequency Long -Term Measurements of pH and Deployment Best Practices

Publication : Spectrophotometric determination of pH and carbonate ion concentrations in seawater: choices, constraints and consequences

OTHER NEWS:

The U.S. House of Representatives passed four ocean acidification bills. Learn more about these bills here.

Publication : The combined effects of pH and temperature on the physiology of the temperate coral Oculina arbuscula

Job: Senior Research As sociate I with the University of Miami's Coral Health and Monitoring Program ( CHAMP ) and the Acidification, Climate, and Coral Reef Ecosystems Team ( ACCRETE ).
MEETINGS:

AGU Fall Meeting (December 9-13, 2019): Session on Marine-based management of atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean acidification. Abstract submissions are open.

Ocean Sciences Meeting (February 16-21, 2020): Eight sessions on "Ocean Change: Acidification and Hypoxia." Abstract submission opens later this summer.

5th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World (September 7-10, 2020). Website with important dates and information recently launched.
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.