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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."

Data management

Focal point:
Mr Frédéric Gazeau, Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, CNRS-UPMC, France


Facilitate actions to develop common international data formats, coordinate existing efforts and promote data access and sharing within the ocean acidification research community. Compile published data on the impacts of ocean acidification and make them openly accessible.

Our approach

Successful research and science requires that data be shared in an organized and timely fashion and that it is managed and stored using internationally agreed common data formats. This is especially true when there is a new flourish of scientific activity, as with the study of ocean acidification. National research projects on ocean acidification have their own data management activities and data sharing policies, but there has been little focus on data sharing among projects at an international level. Similarly, there is no agreement on how to centralize or share data across the worldwide scientific community.

  • Data compilation

    The OA-ICC has resumed, in close collaboration with Xiamen University and Pangaea, a data rescue and transformation effort initiated in 2008 by the European projects EPOCA and EUR-OCEANS. The compilation is hosted at Pangaea, Data Publisher for Earth and Environmental Science, operated by Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven. It currently includes data from almost 700 publications investigating a biological response to ocean acidification (list).
    The data portal is available here. User instructions are available here.

  • Workshop on international management of ocean acidification data

    The OA-ICC organized a technical meeting that brought together the data managers and curators of major research projects and scientists to discuss coordination of existing efforts, best practices and the way forward in ocean acidification data management and access. The effort focused on the management of experimental data. More information.

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