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Intro to OA, and Integrated Ocean Acidification Monitoring in Coastal Alaska

Over the last several years, ocean acidification (OA) has emerged as one of the most prominent issues in marine research. In Alaska, the scientific community has been working together for nearly 10 years to collect critical ocean acidification data in coastal areas to identify the duration, intensity, and extent of OA events that could pose a serious threat to vulnerable Alaska subsistence communities and commercial fishing. Global and regional observations and climatological models show that OA on the Alaskan coast will create some of the most rapid environmental transitions in the world, putting additional stress on ecosystems that are already responding to other stressors. Parts of the Bering Sea are exposed to corrosive conditions for at least four months each year, and conditions also worsening in the Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska.  Precise monitoring and accurate forecasts of OA conditions can help Alaskans to better prepare for the future. New ways of collecting and integrating environmental intelligence and identifying OA risks are currently being developed for the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea, with the ultimate goal to help build resilience and design adaptation strategies for dealing with ocean acidification