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Third WESTPAC Training Workshop on Research and Monitoring of the Ecological Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Coral Reef Ecosystems, Phuket, Thailand

29 Aug 2016 @ 9:00 am - 31 Aug 2016 @ 6:00 pm UTC+7

  Photos of the workshopAll photos © WESTPAC

29 August 2016 Presentation
09:00-09:30 Opening and self-introduction
09:30-09:45 Brief on the main results of the 1st and 2nd WESTPAC workshop on monitoring of the ecological impacts of ocean acidification on coral reef ecosystems
09:45-10:05 Conduct of the workshop
10:05-10:30 Ocean Acidification -IOC Activities
10:30-11:00 Group photo and coffee break
11:00-11:20 Recent movement on GOA-ON, particularly the 3rd GOA-ON Science Workshop (8-10 May 2016, Australia)
11:20-12:00 Overview: Monitoring Reef Impacts of Warming and Ocean Acidification – NOAA’s Integrated Interdisciplinary Monitoring Methods
12:00-13:15 Lunch time
13:15-14:00 A review of carbonate chemistry and data quality objectives
14:00-14:20 Standard Operating Procedure on Monitoring Seawater Carbonate Chemistry (Collection and Handling)
14:20-14:40 Standard Operating Procedure on Total Alkalinity Analysis
14:40-15:00 Coffee break
15:10-15:30 Standard Operating Procedure on Spectrophotometric pH Analysis
15:30-16:00 Standard Operating Procedure on Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS)
16:00-16:30 Standard Operating Procedure on Bioerosion Monitoring Unit (BMU) and Calcification Accretion Unit (CAU)
16:30-17:30 Plenary discussion and feedback on SOPs
30 August 2016
09:00-15:30 Break-out sessions: Carbonate Chemistry Group and Biology Group
ARMS and CAUs recovery and field processing
Water sampling in field, hands-on TA, pH measurement and CO2 system calculations
15:50-17:30 Plenary discussion towards the finalization of SOPs and Plenary closing review of the day
31 August 2016
09:00-12:00 Progress report by pilot sites
Bangladesh: Progress report on the pilot site -St. Martin’s Island, Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh
China: Capacities of GMRC for monitoring the ecological impacts of OA on coral reefs
China: Local acidification research on a fringing reef at the east coast of Hainan Island, Northern South China Sea
Indonesia: Progress report on the pilot sites
Indonesia: Ocean acidification research and monitoring
Malaysia: Current status of implementation for OA studies in Malaysia
Philippines: Update on ocean acidification work in the Philippines
Philippines: Finding refugia from disturbances
Thailand: Progresses of the monitoring of ocean acidification in Thailand
Vietnam: Progress report of pilot sites in Vietnam
12:00-13:00 Lunch time
13:00-16:00 Discussion on next steps toward implementation of OA monitoring in the region
Draft Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
# Title
1. SOP for Monitoring Seawater Carbonate Chemistry
a. SOP for Dissolved Inorganic Carbon (DIC) and Total Alkalinity (TA) Sampling
b. Determination of the pH of sea water using the indicator dye m-cresol purple
2. SOPs for Monitoring Reef Biodiversity
a. Monitoring Reef Diversity — Using Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS) SOP
Relevant Articles
* An assessment of shallow and mesophotic reef brachyuran crab assemblages on the south shore of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i
* A new versatile primer set targeting a short fragment of the mitochondrial COI region for metabarcoding metazoan diversity: application for characterizing coral reef fish gut contents
* DNA barcoding and metabarcoding of standardized samples reveal patterns of marine benthic diversity * Supporting Information 
* The Importance of Standardization for Global Comparisons: a case study using Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS) and metabarcoding to measure cryptic diversity on Mo’orea coral reefs French Polynesia
3. SOPs for Monitoring Carbonate Accretion and Erosion Balance
a. Net Carbonate Accretion — Using Calcification Accretion Units (CAU) SOP
i.   CAU SOP — Assembly, Deployment and Recovery
ii.  CAU SOP — Laboratory Sample Processing SOP 
iii. CAU Lab Data Spreadsheet (.xlsx)
b. Realized Accretion & Bioerosion
i.   Using Bioerosion Monitoring Units (BMU) SOP
Information Documents
# Title
1. Concept Note of the third training workshop
2. Summary Report of the first training workshop
3. Summary Report of the second training workshop (unedited)


29 Aug 2016 @ 9:00 am UTC+7
31 Aug 2016 @ 6:00 pm UTC+7
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