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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."

Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON)

Map of ocean acidification platforms

Focal points:
Mr Richard Feely, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, USA
Ms Libby Jewett, NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, USA
Ms Kim Currie, NIWA / University of Otago Research Centre for Oceanography, New Zealand


Facilitate merging of regional and national efforts that monitor effects of ocean acidification into one global observing network, while identifying areas of common concern, optimizing use of resources, and improving data quality and comparability.

Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON): Requirements and Governance Plan

Newton J.A., Feely R.A., Jewett E.B., Williamson P. & Mathis J., 2015

Second edition, October 2015

Our approach

Workshops to establish a global observation network for ocean acidification

A coordinated multidisciplinary approach, involving both observations and modeling, is needed to understand how ocean acidification affects marine ecosystems and biogeochemistry in open-ocean and coastal environments. The necessary international framework falls outside current national programmes but is fundamental to establish a successful global research strategy. Namely it will provide a reference upon which we can develop predictive models that are needed to project future responses of marine biota, ecosystem processes, biogeochemistry, and climate feedbacks to ocean acidification. Critical research elements require regional and global networks of observations and process studies, manipulative studies involving a suite of organisms in laboratory experiments, mesocosm and field studies, technological advances, and new modeling approaches.

To this end, the International Workshop to Develop an Ocean Acidification Observing Network of Ship Surveys, Moorings, Floats and Gliders was organized at the University of Washington, Seattle, 26-28 June 2012. With support from the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), the Integrated Ocean Observing System, and the University of Washington, this international workshop discussed the creation of an integrated global observing network for both carbon and ocean acidification that addresses the requirements of nations affected by this emerging environmental problem. More information.

The first workshop emphasized open ocean observations. A second workshop, held from 24-26 July 2013 in St Andrews, Scotland, focused on coastal areas. The workshop was organized with support from the UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme, the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, OA-ICC, IOCCP, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and GOOS. The third GOA-ON workshop followed the 4th International Symposium on the World in a High-CO2 World (May 2016, Hobart, Australia) and sought to further the development of the network. More than 100 scientists from 40 countries came together to discuss the GOA-ON national and regional status, links to other global programs, data management, capacity building and many more. More information on the GOA-ON workshops.

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