|Title||Core principles of the California Current Acidification Network: Linking chemistry, physics, and ecological effects|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||McLaughlin K., Weisberg S.B, Dickson AG, Hofmann G.E, Newton J.A, Aseltine-Neilson D., Barton A., Cudd S., Feely R.A, Jefferds I.W, Jewett E.B, King T., Langdon C.J, McAfee S., Pleschner-Steele D., Steele B.|
|Type of Article||Article|
|Keywords||carbonate chemistry; climate; current; eutrophication; impacts; marine ecosystems; ocean acidification; seawater; solubility; system; water|
Numerous monitoring efforts are underway to improve understanding of ocean acidification and its impacts on coastal environments, but there is a need to develop a coordinated approach that facilitates spatial and temporal comparisons of drivers and responses on a regional scale. Toward that goal, the California Current Acidification Network (C-CAN) held a series of workshops to develop a set of core principles for facilitating integration of ocean acidification monitoring efforts on the US West Coast. The recommended core principles include: (1) monitoring measurements should facilitate determination of aragonite saturation state (Omega(arag)) as the common currency of comparison, allowing a complete description of the inorganic carbon system; (2) maximum uncertainty of +/- 0.2 in the calculation of Omega(arag) is required to adequately link changes in ocean chemistry to changes in ecosystem function; (3) inclusion of a variety of monitoring platforms and levels of effort in the network will insure collection of high-frequency temporal data at fixed locations as well as spatial mapping across locations; (4) physical and chemical oceanographic monitoring should be linked with biological monitoring; and (5) the monitoring network should share data and make it accessible to a broad audience.