The California Current Acidification Network (C-CAN)
C-CAN, founded in 2009, is a collaboration of interdisciplinary scientists, resource managers, industry and others from local, state, federal and tribal levels dedicated to advancing the understanding of ocean acidification and its effects on the biological resources of the US west coast. This group’s role is to facilitate and enhance communications and research collaborations among scientists, academia, agencies and industry. C-CAN website.
Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN)
NECAN serves as a regional organization working to synthesize and disseminate ocean acidification information in an effort to better inform stakeholders of the issue and solicit critical data and information needs which can guide strategic science investments in coming years. The NECAN is a joint agency, scientific, industry partnership established under the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) to review and assess the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to the economically important marine organisms potentially impacted by ocean and coastal acidification within this region. NECAN’s focus encompasses the waters from Long Island Sound, Georges Bank, the Gulf of Maine and Browns Bank, and Sable Island Bank out to the shelf-break. The NECAN region represents some of the most valuable marine resource real-estate in the world providing direct economic benefit to at least five states (NY, CT, MA, NH, and ME). NECAN website.
Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN)
Representatives of several stakeholder groups in the Southeast have expressed interest in enhancing collaborations and communications to better understand ocean and coastal acidification (OA) drivers throughout this region, including, but not limited to, approaches to monitoring changing ocean chemistry; evaluating the state-of-ocean and coastal acidification science including eutrophication and hypoxia in coastal areas; and identifying vulnerable species and ecosystems. The Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA), in partnership with NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), is facilitating conversations among regional stakeholders to advance a Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN). Similar Ocean Acidification Networks are in existence in other regions and have proven to be successful mechanisms for catalyzing unique partnerships and leveraging assets in times of constrained budgetary resources. SOCAN recently initiated a webinar series exploring how ocean acidification is or may affect marine resources in the Southeast. SOCAN website.
Gulf of Mexico Ocean Acidification Network (G-CAN)
GCAN, hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS), is a collaboration of regional efforts among the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), as well as other federal and state resource managers, industry partners, researchers and stakeholders focused on the Gulf of Mexico. Objectives of G-CAN include synthesizing scientific information, identifying knowledge gaps and priorities, coordinating research and monitoring, and expanding communication and education. G-CAN website.
Mid-Atlantic Coastal Ocean Acidification Network (MACAN)
The Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network (MACAN) is a nexus of scientists, tribal, federal, and state agency representatives, resource managers, and affected industry partners who seek to coordinate and guide regional observing, research, and modeling of ocean and coastal acidification. MACAN works to develop a better understanding of the processes associated with estuarine, coastal, and ocean acidification, predict the consequences for marine resources, and devise local adaptation strategies that enable communities and industries to better prepare and adapt. MACAN also helps to fulfill the needs of other regional entities where objectives align. MACAN website.