African scientists collect #oceanacidification samples together on #WorldOceansDay

Using social media to collaborate on science across a continent


  1. In a major show of coordination, members of the newly formed Ocean Acidification- Africa network completed OA sampling of their local waters for #WorldOceansDay. The network includes 23 countries and 33 institutions ringing the African continent.
  2. The goal of the day was simple: On June 8, members would take measurements of ocean pH using their science equipment. They recorded conditions and their coordinates, and took lots of pictures. Members posted their findings on their Twitter and Facebook accounts, tagging #OceanAcidificationAFRICA, #WorldOceansDay, and @WorldOceansDay.
  3. Here are some of their posts. From Lebanon:
  4. An oyster spat producing facility in Namibia participated:
  5. As did another Namibian team, led by Gabriel Kornelius:
  6. A lab group from the National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries in Alexandria, Egypt contributed:
  7. The University of Cape Coast's Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences in Ghana sent a team out:
  8. The University Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture of Cheick Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal, also got on the water:
  9. But in some places, sampling didn't go exactly as planned... Dangerous winds and waves forced some groups to wait until the next day to sample safely.
  10. From the South African Association for Marine Biological Research, who followed a team from the Oceanographic Research Institute:
  11. And scientists around the world sampled in solidarity with their African colleagues. The water in Sweden sampled by this group was considerably cooler (4.5 C):