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Monitoring ocean acidification globally

The OA-ICC is supporting the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), launched in 2013 as a collaboration platform for scientists monitoring changes in ocean chemistry. Robust ocean acidification data are needed to understand how it affects marine organisms and biogeochemistry, to feed models projecting future responses of marine ecosystems and, ultimately, to inform policy action. GOA-ON provides the coordinated, global approach essential to avoid duplication of efforts and to define a common research strategy. The Network is expanding rapidly and currently involves over 400 scientists from more than 70 countries around the world.

GOA-ON has developed a common strategy to advance ocean acidification monitoring worldwide, including in areas where there are currently no or little data. Three international GOA-ON meetings bringing together the ocean acidification observing community have been held to date, in Seattle in 2012 (with a focus on open-ocean measurements), in St Andrews in 2013 (with a focus on coastal and shelf sea measurements), and in Hobart in 2016 (focusing on biological ocean acidification monitoring and regional aspects). GOA-ON is also organizing training workshops in regions where data is lacking to increase the involvement of local researchers and decrease knowledge gaps.

GOA-ON resources:

  • The GOA-ON Data Portal includes information on ocean acidification monitoring facilities, with access to real-time data for some sites.
  • The GOA-ON Pier2Peer Program is a scientific mentorship programme acting as a platform for international collaboration and supporting the expansion of ocean acidification observing capacity across the globe through two-way sharing and capacity-building activities.

For more information about GOA-ON and to join the Network and its mentorship programme Pier2Peer, click here.

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