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Nithiyaa Nilamani (Malaysia), 4th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World, 3-6 may 2016, Hobart, Australia

"My sincere thanks to the OA-ICC for making it possible for me to present my research at the 4th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World. During the symposium, there were exchange of many experiences, suggestions and opinions with experts that would be very beneficial for the advancement of OA study to the newbie countries like Malaysia. It also gave me an opportunity to make new friends, renew old acquaintances and discuss potential collaboration.


Abed El Rahman HASSOUN (Lebanon), 3rd GOA-ON Science Workshop, 8-10 May 2016, Hobart, Australia

"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."

Best practices




Focal points:

Ms Kristy Kroeker, University of California Santa Cruz, USA

Mr Richard Matear, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Australia

NEW! Addendum to the Guide to Best Practices for Ocean Acidification Research and Data Reporting



Aim


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.

Our approach


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 over the past few years: 58 authors and 18 papers in 2004; over 1200 authors and 350 papers in 2012; nearly 480 papers in 2014. 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, 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.


Useful resources


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Guide individual chapters:


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