The Ocean Acidification Literacy Framework was drafted during a teachers’ conference in the summer of 2013. The aim of the framework is to conceptualize and break down the complex idea of ocean acidification into lessons and units, to provide a way for teachers to filter the materials in the OACC by topic, and to integrate and build upon the Ocean Literacy Framework and the Climate Literacy Framework.

By increasing ocean acidification literacy, we hope to help prepare people to:

  • understand and assess the credibility of information about ocean acidification and related topics;
  • communicate about ocean acidification in a meaningful way;
  • understand the potential effects of their personal behaviors on local and global ecosystems;
  • make informed decisions about regulatory governmental policies;
  • and identify and discover solutions. 

The Ocean Acidification Literacy Framework is organized around the central question, “How are anthropogenic carbon emissions changing ocean ecosystems, how is this impacting humans and what can be done about it?” The seven principles surrounding the central question are not linear and thus may be addressed in any sequence that makes sense for each individual teacher. However, for the purpose of organizing the OACC materials, we use them in the following numeric sequence:

1 – Carbon Cycle

2 – Ocean Chemistry

3 – Physiology

4 – Adaptation

5 – Ecosystem

6 – Ecosystem Services

7 – Solutions

The OACC Team suggests many ways in which the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Performance Expectations may be used to teach ocean acidification. We created a list of relevant Performance Expectations, arranged by the seven Ocean Acidification Principles.

View the PDF: Ocean Acidification Principles by Performance Expectation

The OACC Team drafted an Ocean Acidification Literacy Framework, which is in the process of being vetted by science and education professionals.

View the PDF: Ocean Acidification Literacy Framework Draft