Our next speaker in the GCAN Webinar Series is Dr. Stephan Howden, Physical Oceanographer at the University of Southern Mississippi. He will present “Autonomous monitoring of ocean acidification parameters in the hypoxic zones of the northern Gulf of Mexico” at 1 p.m. EST March 27.

GCAN’s mission is to identify critical vulnerabilities of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem that may be impacted by ocean acidification, foster collaborations to increase ocean observations and develop strategies to mitigate impacts from ocean acidification.

About the Speaker: Dr. Howden received a B.S. in Physics from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY; an M.S. in Physics from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI; and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island in North Kingston, RI. Dr. Howden is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Marine Science, and his publications include microwave remote sensing, the Integrated Ocean Observing System, ecosystem monitoring, mesoscale ocean variability, hydrographic science and precise positioning. Dr. Howden is the Director of the Central Gulf of Mexico Ocean Observing System and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System, as a member of the Steering Committee for the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Acidification Network, and as a member of the IOOS High Frequency Radar Working Group. He was a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the Ocean Observatories Initiative, from 2013 until it ended in 2015.
Speaking of ocean acidification: Check out the new OA Information Exchange website. This new collaboration website focused on ocean acidification has been created to share information and catalyze responses to OA. The “OA Information Exchange” is a joint project of the NOAA OA Program, Interagency Working Group on OA and the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems. Members of the OA Information Exchange are using the site’s collaborative tools to share resources, engage in online discussions, develop collaborations and interact with people in other disciplines and regions to build a well-informed community working to respond and adapt to ocean acidification. Anyone with an interest in OA can join the OA Information Exchange.

Once users request access they can begin to post content and hold discussions with colleagues. Users can also join multiple teams, which are self-forming groups focused on specific geographic regions or topics within the broader theme of ocean acidification, and sign up for alerts on specific topics of interest.

Questions? Contact the Web Manager Kelly Canesi or Shallin Busch.

You can participate in Dr. Howden’s webinar through the new OA site after you request access to participate.