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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 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Scripps Institution of Oceanography and CMBC (USA), Plymouth Marine Lab (UK) 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."

Training and workshops

Training course on ocean acidification held at The University of São Paulo Oceanography Institute, sponsored by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), The Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (MCTI), and OA-ICC

Focal point:
Ms Lisa Robbins, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), USA


Offer the possibility to students and scientists entering the field, in particular from under-resourced countries, to quickly get access to high-quality training in order to be able to set up pertinent experiments, avoid typical pitfalls and ensure comparability with other studies.

Our approach

  • Training courses

    The far-reaching effects of ocean acidification, combined with the increasing interest in the topic both nationally and internationally, elevate the need for students and researchers to have skills that enable them to successfully address issues associated with the inter- and multidisciplinary field of ocean acidification. A firm grasp of the fundamentals and standards within the field will provide students increased mobility within the scientific community and provide a highly desirable exchange of critical scientific ideas globally. In order to meet the demands of future research in this field, there is a need for hands-on ocean acidification short courses that will convene scientists and graduate students of the biological, geological, and chemical oceanography research communities to gain mutual insights on optimal ocean acidification experimental design. The OA-ICC will organize, co-organize, and/or support participation of students at training courses on ocean acidification. More information below.

Useful resources

Feedback from beneficiaries

Latin-American Workshop on Ocean Acidification (LAOCA), 9-16 November 2014, Dichato, Chile

"[...] The Latin-American Workshop on Ocean Acidification was a successful event, with many interactions at the academic and personal level. The invited lectures were awesome, with great experience and knowledge in different fields related to OA and climate change biology. I got an important input and learning of seawater chemistry in the OA context, methods and pitfalls during experimental designs using CO2 sources to change the water chemistry of the experiments and to collect data of the field. [...] The combination of the different experiences of the lectures and the practical-theoretical activities was a perfect approach for the learning and consolidation of our interests as part of the LAOCA network." Juan Diego Gaitan Espitia, Chile

OA-ICC & ENEA training course on ocean acidification and warming in the Mediterranean, 1-7 September 2014, La Spezia, Italy

"The workshop was very useful for our research activities in Indonesia. Research on ocean acidification was just started under the National IAEA TC Project INS7007 on Assessing Air Quality and Ocean Acidification, therefore the activities in line with the implementation of the INS7007 TC project. During the workshop, we have discussed collaboration on ocean acidification such as the possibility to send a master student to Italy or UK to perform studies on this topic using organisms collected in Indonesia (tropical country).[...] Ali Arman, Indonesia

SOLAS Summer School 2013, 23 August -2 September 2013, Xiamen, China

Abed El Rahman HASSOUN (Lebanon)

Working groups

"[...] 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 this training, I've learned several new techniques which I can use in my research thanks to the very professional and advanced practical courses taken during this event, i.e. tools for ocean and CO2 modelling, work in the field. [] In addition, the experience of exposing a poster and a presentation about my results in front of very important oceanographers was really very useful and fruitful for me as a young researcher. They criticized my work and made me look to the methodology that I'm using from another perspective."