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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."

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


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. More information.

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