Education and outreach are vital to improving the public's awareness and understanding of ocean acidification. This includes not only increasing the general awareness that ocean acidification is happening now, but also the understanding the current scientific knowledge and impacts of the ocean's changing chemistry. There are many programs within NOAA that are active in educating a variety of audiences about this and other issues including NOAA's Office of Education, the National Sea Grant Program, the Climate Program Office, the Coral Reef Conservation Program, the National Marine Sanctuaries Program, and the various Fisheries Science Centers around the nation.