OCEAN & COASTAL ACIDIFICATION
The SOCAN region spans the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Our region's waters overlap in the Gulf of Mexico with GCAN.
Land-use change, runoff pollution and a vibrant shellfish industry render North Carolina among the most socioeconomically vulnerable states to future acidification impacts.
South Carolina's coast is rapidly developing but there are no coastal acidification monitoring programs in the state.
Acidification monitoring near Georgia's coast began in the late 1990s and has provided insights into changing carbon chemistry in this relatively undeveloped region.
Florida's diverse ecosystems include both shellfish and coral reefs- two habitats considered among the most vulnerable to acidification.