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Scientific Advances: IAEA Supports Young Scientists at Ocean Acidification Symposium

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As part of its commitment to fostering international cooperation, the IAEA announced that nuclear technology and isotope technology will be used in assessing the impacts of ocean acidification at the 5th International Symposium on Oceans in a High-CO2 World held in Lima, Peru last week. We emphasized the role that technology can play. In addition to conducting workshops and presentations, the IAEA sponsored the event for 18 of his early-career scientists.

Ocean acidification is one of the greatest contemporary threats to marine life, ecosystems and resources. carbon dioxide (CO2) are released into the atmosphere by human activities and absorbed by the ocean. The ocean accounts for about a quarter of his CO2 produced by humans.2 It is released into the atmosphere every year. The resulting changes in seawater acidity can have long-term detrimental effects on fragile marine ecosystems. The impacts of ocean acidification can also have dramatic socioeconomic impacts on countries that depend on marine resources.

“Ocean acidification is now a reality, and its economic impact is clearly significant, with consequences including the farming and harvesting of many shellfish and crustaceans, which are already severely affected. It could be devastating in the long term for many sectors,” said Prince Albert II. Monaco in his opening remarks at the symposium. “We know these sectors are important sources of income and food for millions of people.”

Studying the effects of ocean acidification is a top priority for the IAEA. The International Coordinating Center for Ocean Acidification (OA-ICC) at his IAEA Institute for the Marine Environment in Monaco communicates, promotes and promotes international action on ocean acidification in three categories: science, capacity building and communication I am working to It coordinates communication among experts and facilitates outreach to stakeholders, from scientists and policy makers to educators, the media and the general public.

In line with these goals, the IAEA has partnered with Pedro Luis Gallo National University, Peruvian Institute of Oceanography and Prince Albert of Monaco Foundation as main sponsors of the #HighCo2 Symposium. The event brought together over 200 scientists, academics, students, government representatives and marine product entrepreneurs to share research and results on approaches to ocean acidification and mitigation. His 18 early-career scientists, sponsored by the IAEA, have also published research.

“The OA-ICC, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is committed to improving ocean acidity by developing and maintaining two databases available to the scientific community, co-funding capacity-building opportunities for scientists, and developing standardized best practices. It has contributed to advances in chemical science,” said Ashley. Bantelmann of the IAEA OA-ICC.

The IAEA hosted two side events at the symposium. The Global Ocean Acidification Observation Network (GOA-ON) Regional Hub Coordination Workshop provided participants with hands-on training on the use of his two databases maintained by the OA-ICC. The OA-ICC and the Surface Ocean–Lower Atmosphere Studies (SOLAS)–Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) Ocean Acidification Working Group (SIOA) Annual Expert Meeting discussed the progress achieved in this area over the past year. Discussed.

“This symposium marks the beginning of the next phase of ocean acidification science, focused on the data needed to drive solutions and action,” said Sam Dupont, SIOA Working Group Chair. says.

Six themes were discussed throughout the week at the symposium. It is the result of changes in carbonate chemistry from coastal to open ocean waters, biological reactions, and living in high CO.2 A world in a multi-stressor framework, Ecological impacts of ocean acidification and stressors in a changing ocean, Natural ocean acidification analogues, Ocean acidification and insights from society, Global to regional for ocean acidification policy, action, communication and capacity building.