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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."

Training Course on Ocean Acidification, 5-10 September 2016, Ensenada, Mexico


The training course was organized by the The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (CICESE) and the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC).

Purpose of the course

The purpose of the course was to train early-career scientists from the Latin America and the Caribbean region entering the ocean acidification field, with the goal being to assist them in setting up pertinent ocean acidification experiments.

The course sought to increase participants' capacity to measure and study ocean acidification, and to strengthen networking among scientists working on ocean acidification in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Moreover, it supported the initiation/deepening of the connections with the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON).

Structure of the course

The training course included lectures in plenary sessions and hands-on experiments in smaller groups. Subjects covered included: the carbon dioxide (CO2) system in seawater and relevant measurements; instrumentation available for measuring seawater chemistry parameters; software packages used to calculate CO2 system parameters; and key aspects of ocean acidification experimental design, such as manipulation of seawater chemistry, biological perturbation approaches, and laboratory- and field-based methods for measuring organism calcification and other physiological responses to seawater chemistry changes, including nuclear and isotopic techniques.

Target group

The course was open to 20 trainees from IAEA Member States in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Priority was given to early-career scientists who had begun to work in the ocean acidification area.

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