Training Course on Ocean Acidification, 5-10 September 2016, Ensenada, Mexico
The training course was organized by the The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (CICESE) and the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC).
Purpose of the course
The purpose of the course was to train early-career scientists from the Latin America and the Caribbean region entering the ocean acidification field, with the goal being to assist them in setting up pertinent ocean acidification experiments.
The course sought to increase participants' capacity to measure and study ocean acidification, and to strengthen networking among scientists working on ocean acidification in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Moreover, it supported the initiation/deepening of the connections with the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON).
Structure of the course
The training course included lectures in plenary sessions and hands-on experiments in smaller groups. Subjects covered included: the carbon dioxide (CO2) system in seawater and relevant measurements; instrumentation available for measuring seawater chemistry parameters; software packages used to calculate CO2 system parameters; and key aspects of ocean acidification experimental design, such as manipulation of seawater chemistry, biological perturbation approaches, and laboratory- and field-based methods for measuring organism calcification and other physiological responses to seawater chemistry changes, including nuclear and isotopic techniques.
The course was open to 20 trainees from IAEA Member States in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Priority was given to early-career scientists who had begun to work in the ocean acidification area.
- Andrew G. Dickson - Introduction to CO2 chemistry in sea water
- Andrew G. Dickson - Key analytical techniques for all four carbonate chemistry parameter measurements: challenges, limitations, and misconceptions
- Andrew G. Dickson - Sampling and preservation of sea water for CO2 analyses
- Andrew G. Dickson - Measuring carbon dioxide parameters for ocean acidification observing systems: how good is good enough?
- Andrew G. Dickson - Introduction to CO2 speciation calculations
- Andrew G. Dickson - Commercially available instrumentation for CO2 analyses
- Victoria Diaz - The calcification process and measurement techniques
- Sam Dupont - Case study for CO2 systems
- Sam Dupont - The challenge of ocean acidification: what do we need to know?
- Cristian Vargas - Some examples of endpoints measurements in ocean acidification experiments off Chilean coast
- Cristian Vargas - Application of stable carbon isotopes for ocean acidification studies
- Cristian Vargas - The Latin-American Ocean Acidification Network (LAOCA)
- Marc Metian - Experiments using NA for understanding: Contamination, Biology, Ecology, Risk. Mimicking or projecting environmental conditions
- Lina Hansson & Marc Metian - International OA initiatives, the OA-ICC and useful resources