Mr Jean-Pierre Gattuso, Laboratoire d'océanographie de Villefranche, France
Mr Ulf Riebesell, GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
Facilitate the development of internationally standardized protocols for observational and experimental approaches, carbonate chemistry manipulations and measurements, and data reporting, to ensure quality and comparability of results.
Guide to Best Practices for Ocean Acidification Research and Data Reporting
With new funding opportunities becoming available for ocean acidification research, many researchers, postdoctoral investigators, and PhD students with no or limited previous experience in ocean acidification research constantly enter the field. The rapidly increasing interest in this field is reflected in the number of papers and authors publishing on ocean acidification during the past few years: 58 authors and 18 papers in 2004; over 1200 authors and 350 papers in 2012. To ensure comparability of the vast amount of data generated and to achieve the highest possible data quality it is important to develop, test and adopt internationally agreed, tested and standardized protocols for observational and experimental approaches, carbonate chemistry manipulations and measurements, and data reporting.
To initiate this process, the European Project on Ocean Acidiﬁcation (EPOCA) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) jointly invited over 40 leading scientists active in ocean acidiﬁcation research to a meeting at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Science (IFM-GEOMAR) in Kiel, Germany, in November 2008. At the meeting, which was sponsored by EPOCA, IOC, the Scientific Council on Oceanic Research (SCOR), the U.S. Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Project (OCB) and the Kiel Excellence Cluster The Future Ocean, the basic structure and contents of what would become the Guide to Best Practices for Ocean Acidification Research and Data Reporting was agreed upon. In the following months, the workshop participants and additional invited experts prepared draft manuscripts for each of the sections, which were subsequently reviewed by independent experts. The guide was then made publicly available for an open community review before publication in May 2010. It was reprinted in July 2011.
The OA-ICC continues this effort by ensuring continued wide distribution of the Best Practices guide after the end of EPOCA, and plans to support the production of a revised version in the next few years.
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