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SCIENTISTS GATHER FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO DEVELOP A GLOBAL OCEAN ACIDIFICATION OBSERVING NETWORK

NOAA Ocean Acidification Program

NOAA, academic and international scientific experts are gathering July 24 -26, to further develop the Global Ocean Acidification Network (GOA-ON). The purpose of this network is to facilitate international coordination in order to compare and integrate observational data collection specific to ocean acidification across the globe. This group is designing a global standard for measuring and identifying ocean acidification and is important for establishing a global understanding of ocean acidification including its impacts on ocean life as well as humans. This network will ensure data quality and comparability, facilitated by a structured system based on common standards. It will also assist policy-making through research products and model-based projections of future potential impacts of ocean acidification. 
The workshop kicked off with a joint session with the UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme to lay out the scientific needs and resources available to meet the vision for GOA-ON.The foundations for this network were established at the first GOA-ON workshop held in June 2012 at the University of Washington, Seattle.  This year’s workshop has widened participation, with 87 scientists from 29 countries working under the premise that   “management requires measurement.”  In order to understand biogeochemical, ecological and societal importance of ocean acidification, field data on relevant chemical, biological and ecological variables at local, regional and global levels is required.
More information on the workshop is available here.
The wide variety of participants in this workshop was made possible by generous sponsors below:



The UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) through their co-funded  UK Ocean Acidification research programme
· The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), through their co-funded Science & Innovation Network
· The US National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, through the NOAA OA Program
· The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) through its Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC)
· The International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP)
· The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO
The support provided by the University of Washington, the X PRIZE Foundation and Plymouth Marine Laboratory is also greatly appreciated, with additional assistance by James Orr (CEA/CNRS/UVSQ) and Kirsten Isensee (IOC)

NOAA's Dr. Jeremy Mathis shared research and insight into ocean acidification in the Arctic with participants at the UK Ocean Acidfication and Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network joint session.

July 24th, 2013– NOAA, academic and international scientific experts are gathering July 24 -26, to further develop the Global Ocean Acidification Network (GOA-ON). The purpose of this network is to facilitate international coordination in order to compare and integrate observational data collection specific to ocean acidification across the globe. This group is designing a global standard for measuring and identifying ocean acidification and is important for establishing a global understanding of ocean acidification including its impacts on ocean life as well as humans. This network will ensure data quality and comparability, facilitated by a structured system based on common standards. It will also assist policy-making through research products and model-based projections of future potential impacts of ocean acidification. 
The workshop kicked off with a joint session with the UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme to lay out the scientific needs and resources available to meet the vision for GOA-ON.The foundations for this network were established at the first GOA-ON workshop held in June 2012 at the University of Washington, Seattle.  This year’s workshop has widened participation, with 87 scientists from 29 countries working under the premise that   “management requires measurement.”  In order to understand biogeochemical, ecological and societal importance of ocean acidification, field data on relevant chemical, biological and ecological variables at local, regional and global levels is required.
More information on the workshop is available here.
The wide variety of participants in this workshop was made possible by generous sponsors below:

NOAA's Dr. Richard Feely described ocean acidification impacts and processes in the US with a group of international scientists at the UK Ocean Acidification and Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network joint session.

· The UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) through their co-funded  UK Ocean Acidification research programme
· The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), through their co-funded Science & Innovation Network
· The US National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, through the NOAA OA Program
· The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) through its Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC)
· The International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP)
· The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO
The support provided by the University of Washington, the X PRIZE Foundation and Plymouth Marine Laboratory is also greatly appreciated, with additional assistance by James Orr (CEA/CNRS/UVSQ) and Kirsten Isensee (IOC)

 

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ADAPTING TO OCEAN ACIDIFICATION

The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) works to prepare society to adapt to the consequences of ocean acidification and conserve marine ecosystems as acidification occurs. Learn more about the human connections and adaptation strategies from these efforts.

Adaptation approaches fostered by the OAP include:

FORECASTING

Using models and research to understand the sensitivity of organisms and ecosystems to ocean acidification to make predictions about the future, allowing communities and industries to prepare

MANAGEMENT

Using these models and predictions as tools to facilitate management strategies that will protect marine resources and communities from future changes

TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

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On the Road

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With your Food Choices

Eat local- this helps cut down on production and transport! Reduce your meat and dairy. Compost to avoid food waste ending up in the landfill

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TAKE ACTION WITH YOUR COMMUNITY

You've taken the first step to learn more about ocean acidification - why not spread this knowledge to your community?

Every community has their unique culture, economy and ecology and what’s at stake from ocean acidification may be different depending on where you live.  As a community member, you can take a larger role in educating the public about ocean acidification. Creating awareness is the first step to taking action.  As communities gain traction, neighboring regions that share marine resources can build larger coalitions to address ocean acidification.  Here are some ideas to get started:

  1. Work with informal educators, such as aquarium outreach programs and local non-profits, to teach the public about ocean acidification. Visit our Education & Outreach page to find the newest tools!
  2. Participate in habitat restoration efforts to restore habitats that help mitigate the effects of coastal acidification
  3. Facilitate conversations with local businesses that might be affected by ocean acidification, building a plan for the future.
  4. Partner with local community efforts to mitigate the driver behind ocean acidification  – excess CO2 – such as community supported agriculture, bike & car shares and other public transportation options.
  5. Contact your regional Coastal Acidification Network (CAN) to learn how OA is affecting your region and more ideas about how you can get involved in your community
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