MARCO’s work regarding ocean and coastal acidification is through co-coordination of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network (MACAN). MACAN is a coordination of scientists, tribal, federal, and state agency representatives, resource managers, and affected industry partners who are working to develop a better understanding of the processes associated with estuarine, coastal, and ocean acidification.
Work Group highlights:
New ocean acidification infographics are now available on MACAN’s Resources page. These educational infographics were produced through the Visualizing Ocean and Coastal Acidification Locally (VOCAL) project. VOCAL is a collaboration between Sea Grant programs in the North Atlantic and the NOAA North Atlantic Regional Team. Links to the infographics are below:
MACAN hosted a series of webinars in 2018 and 2019. Webinars covered a range of topics from acidification monitoring plans to oceanographic technology
MACAN published two papers that identified research and monitoring needs for ocean acidification in the Mid-Atlantic.
- Recommended priorities for research on ecological impacts of ocean and coastal acidification in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic
- Scientific considerations for acidification monitoring in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region
In May 2019 MACAN hosted its second workshop which brought nearly forty scientists, academics, government employees, and industry members together to discuss solutions for filling the research and monitoring gaps. The workshop report can be found here. One-page fact sheets which summarize the workshop discussions were also published:
The MACAN Steering Committee is developing a Work Plan for 2019-2020 that builds on the recommendations from the papers and the workshop.
Please visit the MACAN website for more information about acidification-related projects in the region.