SOCAN 2016 State of the Science Workshop Report Available
Supported by SECOORA and NOAA’s National Ocean Acidification Program, the Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN) held a workshop in January 2016 to discuss the state of ocean and coastal acidification science, priorities and vulnerabilities in the Southeast Region. The team of scientific experts sought to (1) summarize key findings, prioritize research needs, and identify research and laboratory capabilities that could address acidification-related research questions; (2) identify why the Southeast region is unique and its vulnerabilities to potential impacts; and (3) summarize why ocean acidification matters to stakeholders. This report summarizes the discussion and findings of this workshop, guiding the future priorities for SOCAN.
The Southeast hosts a diversity of habitats considered potentially vulnerable to ocean and coastal acidification, including shellfish communities and extensive coral reefs off the coast of Florida. Building off the SOCAN Webinar Series, participants aimed to synthesize the current understanding of acidification impacts and identified gaps in current research and monitoring efforts.
To address these gaps, SOCAN is hosting their second workshop in February 2017, specifically aimed at filling these needs and identifying new priority locations for acidification monitoring in the Southeast.
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