From Knowledge to Action -- Responding to the Challenges of Ocean Acidification

microscopic image of a marine larva

In a relatively short amount of time, ocean acidification has become a critical threat to marine life around the world.

Efforts are being made by scientists and legislators to understand this environmental problem and to try to limit harmful effects.

  • How are we responding to ocean acidification in Washington State?
  • What can people do to mitigate the impact of changing ocean chemistry?

Please come together as a community to learn the answers from keynote speaker Dr. Terrie Klinger, Director of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington and Co-Director of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center.Oyster shell in the sand compromised by OA

Washington State and the west coast lead the nation in response to the threats ocean acidification poses to marine ecosystems and the people who depend on them.

Photo Left:  Pacific oyster with atypical shell formation due to ocean acidification.

A number of public processes have generated recommendations for action at local, state, and regional levels. For example, new research is advancing our understanding of ocean acidification and its effects on local marine life, management interventions are being examined, and public education and outreach are accelerating.

Dr. Klinger will explain the processes that lead to ocean acidification (OA), share findings from recent research showing the effects of OA in Puget Sound, and outline recommendations of advisory groups including the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Panel.


By: Dr. Terrie Klinger

Portrait of Dr. Terrie KlingerTerrie Klinger is Director of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, Co-Director of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center, and holds the Stan and Alta Barer Endowed Professorship in Sustainability Science in honor of Dr. Edward Miles.

Trained as a marine ecologist, she studies ecosystem-based approaches to managing natural resources in the ocean. She researches the ecological effects of environmental stressors, such as ocean acidification and habitat loss, and how rocky intertidal communities respond to and recover from disturbances.

Dr. Klinger conducting a survey in a rocky intertidal zoneShe leads a graduate training program focused on how oceans are changing worldwide and what that means to the human communities connected to them.

The Pacific Northwest is her primary study area, including the Puget Sound, the San Juan Archipelago, and the outer coast of Washington.

She received her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Photo Note: Dr. Klinger conducting a survey in a rocky intertidal zone

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