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Webinar: SmallScaleOA [ocean acidification] for Coral and Beyond

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Wednesday, 29 May 2019, 12:00

Wednesday, May 29, 2019. 12:00PM. Webinar: SmallScaleOA [ocean acidification] for Coral and Beyond. Katherine Leigh, SmallScaleOA. Sponsored by NOAA. More information here.


SmallScaleOA is a multi-entity, collaborative initiative to conduct proof-of-concept pilot projects that will demonstrate a viable approach for incentivizing resilient coastal communities and seafood industry. SmallScaleOA will create a circular data economy to incentivize traceable, transparent seafood; as well as inclusive, low-cost, coastal research on a hyper-localized scale. Using aquatic sensors, mobile phones, satellites, and IoT concepts, SmallScaleOA will exponentially decrease the cost of collecting coastal/ocean observations; increase the inclusivity and local relevance of scientific research; facilitate access to financial services, investment capital, and insurance coverage; and fill several data gaps in our knowledge of ocean changes like acidification, deoxygenation, and temperature rise. SmallScaleOA will collect continuous, observational data across entire coastal areas (not just one stationary point) as well as across multiple aquaculture sites, while simultaneously gathering fishery and aquaculture production and chain-of-custody data. SmallScaleOA will begin in Southeast Asia (a region where coverage is currently lacking), and expand to other regions over time. SmallScaleOA's interoperable blockchain technologies will connect dispersed fishers, farmers, businesses, academics, government agencies, NGOs, etc. to a data ecosystem, ensure the validity and accessibility of this data, and adequately reward these actors for their contributions all without requiring a central authority.

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