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Abed El Rahman HASSOUN (Lebanon), SOLAS Summer School 2013

"OA-ICC [...] provided for me the opportunity to present my research work to the international ocean research community, to meet experts and colleagues from all over the world and discuss with them about my results, share ideas and build a strong network with peers for future scientific collaborations."

Ocean Acidification International Reference User Group (OA-iRUG)



1st OAiRUG meeting, 2-4 December 2013, Oceanographic Museum of Monaco



The Ocean Acidification international Reference User Group (OA-iRUG) was launched as part of the European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) in 2008 as a key means of conveying the scientific results coming out of the project to non-scientific audiences and science end-users, in particular policy and decision makers. The concept is simple but efficient: bringing together scientists and stakeholders from various backgrounds such as industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations, to allow networking and the presentation of key findings to interested non-scientific parties.

The RUG helped EPOCA scientists to reach out to a different audience through a series of briefings and guides available in multiple languages, disseminated widely, and brought to international policy fora such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP). RUG members also fed back the findings of the project to their parent organisations.

In 2010 the EPOCA RUG evolved to support and be supported by the three other main projects on ocean acidification at the time: the German project BIOlogical Impacts of Ocean ACIDification (BIOACID), the UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme (UKOA) and the European Union project Mediterranean Sea Acidification in a Changing Climate (MedSeA). In 2013, the work of the group could be brought to a true international dimension thanks to the generous support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and the Ocean Acidification international Reference User Group (OA-iRUG) was launched.

The OA-iRUG, chaired by Professor Dan Laffoley (IUCN), is working with current projects and with the OA-ICC to examine in detail the types of data, analyses and products that are most useful to managers, policy advisers, decision makers and politicians and ensure an appropriate format and distribution vehicles.


OA-iRUG products (most recent first)


Updating what we know about ocean acidification and key global challenges: Ocean Acidification - The Knowledge Base 2012



Messages for Rio+20: Ocean Acidification - Acting on Evidence (2012)



Making it clear: Ocean Acidification - Questions Answered (2010)




A special introductory guide for policy advisers and decision makers: Ocean Acidification - The Facts (2009)