BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE
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.
OPERATION AND ROLE
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.