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Laura Ramajo (Chile), COP20, Lima, December 2014

"I was able to participate in the exhibition stand under the slogan HOT, SOUR AND BREATHLESS sponsored by the Plymouth Marine Lab (UK), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Scripps Institution of Oceanography and CMBC (USA), and Centro de Investigación e Innovación para el Cambio Climático (CIICC) of Universidad Santo Tomás (Chile). Delegates and observers from around the world heard about how the increase in atmospheric CO2 is warming, acidifying and de-oxygenating the oceans with the respective ecologic, social and economic consequences."

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."


During the past few years several multinational and national research projects on ocean acidification have emerged, significantly advancing knowledge in this area. The establishment of an international coordination platform 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 concerns expressed by Member States, the IAEA announced at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development the launch of the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC), operated by its Environment Laboratories in Monaco starting from July 2012.


The project works to communicate, promote and facilitate a series of over-arching activities in science, capacity building and communication intended to serve the scientific community, policy makers, the general public, media and other stakeholders. The OA-ICC is supported by several IAEA Member States through the IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI). It is guided by an Advisory Board consisting of key scientific institutions, UN organizations and leading scientists in the field. The project is initially planned to last 3 years.