Northwest Straits Chapter

Based in Bellingham, WA. We are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the worlds oceans, waves, and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education. We have several projects, events and campaigns, so come get involved!
February 12, 2017

February 27th Meeting on Ocean Acidification and Citizen Science

Coastal DNR scientist Micah Horwith to present his research on ocean acidification and citizen science opportunities at next Surfrider meeting

Learn more about how ocean acidification is impacting us locally, how seagrasses may provide some refuge for shellfish, and how citizen science can help us fill data gaps from a DNR coastal scientist.


Northwest Straits volunteer taking salinity readings
for a citizen science project in collaboration with Ecology.

 

Ph.D. Micah Horwith, a coastal scientist with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Aquatic Resources Division, will present his research on ocean acidification at the next Northwest Straits Chapter meeting on Monday, February 27th at 7 PM in the upstairs room at Brandywine Kitchen, 1317 Commercial Street, Bellingham. Dr. Horwith leads investigations on ocean acidification for the Aquatic Assessment and Monitoring Team. His research includes whether seagrasses have the potential to locally counteract ocean acidification, how microscopic shellfish larvae use their habitat, and how juvenile shellfish respond to climate change and acidification.

Learn more about how you can get involved as the Surfrider Foundation will be assisting with citizen science to fill important ocean acidification data gaps.

Horwith has several nearshore sites throughout Washington State where he has deployed ocean acidification sensors to continuously collect data over time. The Northwest Straits Chapter of Surfrider will be working with DNR to help swap out these sensors to keep collecting continuous data nearby the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve. His research is already yielding interesting results in terms of seagrass beds potentially providing a refuge for shellfish larvae in increasingly acidic waters.

For those trying to better grasp the concept of ocean acidification, this is an excellent talk. Horwith will cover the basics of this emerging science along with his research findings that may give some hope as we face changing ocean chemistry and climate change.

For more information on the event or to RSVP visit the event page on Facebook

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