Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC)
NOTE: A dedicated web site is available here.
During the past few years, several multinational and national research projects on ocean acidification have emerged, significantly advancing the knowledge in this domain. In order to lever the greatest value from these initial research investments and results, the establishment of an international coordination platform on ocean acidification was suggested by the SOLAS-IMBER Ocean Acidification Working Group SIOA WG and the international Ocean Acidification Reference User Group iOA-RUG. In response to this recommendation and to the growing concern of IAEA Member States, the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) was officially announced by the IAEA in June 2012 at the Rio+20 UN Conference.
Operation and role
The project, operated by the Agency's Environment Laboratories in Monaco, is working to communicate, promote and facilitate global activities on ocean acidification. It will serve the scientific community and science users (policy makers, the general public, media and other stakeholders). Focusing on international activities which are not currently funded at national or international levels, its role is to support activities related to global actions on ocean acidification. These include international observation, joint platforms and facilities, collaboration between natural and social sciences, exchange of students and scientists, joint experiments, definition of best practices, open-access bibliographic database, data management, capacity building and dissemination.
The project is supported by several IAEA Member States and through the Agency's Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI). It will be advised by an Advisory Board composed of representatives of leading institutions, including the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the Fondation Prince Albert I de Monaco, the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, the iOA-RUG, as well as leading scientists and economists in the field (e.g. SIOA Working Group).
Recent publications from OA-ICC partners
"Ocean acidification - the knowledge base 2012"
Arabic Chinese English French German Portuguese Spanish
"Hot, sour and breathless - ocean under stress", now available in Arabic
Media coverage from OA-ICC announcement
- IAEA press release
- "Ocean Acidification - Cause for Alarm and Action", IAEA News Center
- "Acid Test for Oceans and Marine Life", New York Times Opinion
- Der Standard (in German)
- Le Monde (in French)
- OA-ICC News Stream
- Biological Impacts of Ocean ACIDification (BIOACID)
- UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme (UKOA)
- EU FP7 project: Mediterranean Sea Acidification in a changing climate (MedSeA)
- Former EU FP7 project: European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA)
- NOAA Ocean Acidification Program
- OCB ocean acidification