Earth, Space & Life Sciences

ocean waves along the coastOcean Acidification Research and Monitoring Support

CSS supports research and monitoring on the state of ocean acidification on the Northeast U.S. continental shelf for the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). The NEFSC's ocean acidification research program seeks to quantify and evaluate the impacts of high CO2 and acidity of marine waters in an experimental context; to monitor changes in water chemistry at the ecosystem level; and to use these experimental results to interpret the pattern and consequences of such change to living marine resources. Components of this work include monitoring (including collection of water samples during NOAA Research Vessel surveys); laboratory research (primarily at the J.J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sandy Hook, NJ); and modeling, all aimed at assessing the potential effect of ocean acidification on fishery populations of the Northeast U.S. shelf ecosystem. CSS provides support scientists and fishery biologists who assist with the maintenance and running of laboratory experiments (such as laboratory determination of seawater carbon parameters); participate in cruises during which water samples are collected; perform water sample analyses; and assist NOAA scientists with modeling efforts; and support completing the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP).