Fiji scientists as master trainers to support ocean acidification monitoring in the Pacific

Photo: USP and SPC Staff at Ocean Acidification Workshop   Ocean acidification directly impacts local coastal environments and livelihoods in the Pacific. Pacific Islands countries have many reef-dependent communities who are vulnerable to declines in…

Ocean Science Fact: The importance of mangroves

Did you know the Mangrove Forest can stabilize coastlines? Mangrove is a type of tree or shrub that grows in tidal, tropical, costal swamps with numerous tangled roots that grow above ground. 

Ocean Science Fact: The Great Barrier Reef

Ocean Science Fact: What is Coral Bleaching?

What is coral bleaching?  When corals expel the zooxanthellae algae that is living inside it, turning it white exposing its transparent skeleton.   This is the result of warmer water temperatures, exacerbated by climate change.   Between 2014-2017 around…

Ocean Science Fact: What are super corals?

Super corals are corals that demonstrate the ability to withstand, adapt, recover and continue to reproduce stressors such as ocean warming and ocean acidification. Coral reef systems only make up around 1% of the earths surface but they are home to…

Ocean acidification: a tide of challenges for Pacific Islanders

Over the past few decades, the ocean has slowed down the rate of climate change by absorbing nearly 30% of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions. It regulates climate and temperature, provides food security, and supports the livelihoods of Pacific…

We know more about the moon than we know about our oceans - Early Career Oceans Professionals in Vanuatu

Steve Hango and fellow ECOP Mildrek Kelokelo aboard the One Ocean Expedition in Fiji For a long time, the Vanuatu oceans office, charged with the management of Vanuatu’s marine environment and its resources, has been a one-man affair. Toney Trevi, Head…

Ocean Science Fact: What is Ocean Acidification?

 Ocean acidification is the ractio between Carbon dioxide and water, which forms carbonic acid that increases water acidity. It has increased by about 26% and surface seawater is 30% more acidic than it was 50 years ago. The Ocean Acidification process…

Ocean Science Fact: Did you know majority of volcanoes and earthquake occurrence is along the Ring of Fire?

Ring of Fire in the Pacific ocean, also referred as "Circum-Pacific Belt", that is a path along the Pacific Ocean. This belt has many volcanoes and the major site of earthquakes. Around 90% of all earthquakes occur along this belt and about 75% of the…

Stat of the week: the 2021 inflation rate in Tuvalu was 6.7%

The 2021 inflation rate in Tuvalu was 6.7%, up from 1.6% in 2020.  The Inflation rate is the annual percentage increase of the cost of living as measured by the consumer price index. Consumer price indices are based on a representative basket of goods…
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