THE NOAA OCEAN ACIDIFICATION PROGRAM (OAP)
Both as part of NOAA's mission and multiple legislative mandates, it is imperative that we understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment as a consequence of continued acidificiation of the oceans and Great Lakes, and conserve and manage marine organisms and ecosystems in response to such changes. In order to do this the OAP fosters and maintains relationships with scientists, resource managers, stakeholders, policy makers, and the public in order to effectively research and monitor the effects of changing ocean chemistry on economically and ecologically important ecosystems and species. Research and engagement activities are conducted according to six different focus areas or themes.
1. MONITORING the changes in ocean chemistry
2. Measuring the BIOLOGICAL RESPONSE of ecologically and economically important species
3. Assessing the SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACTS of the changes and responses
4. Monitoring DATA STREAMS & MANAGEMENT
5. Assisting to create and implement ADAPTATION STRATEGIES
6. Coordinating and conducting EDUCATION & OUTREACH
To learn more about NOAA's mission and the legislative drivers explore that links to the right.
The OAP coordinates and administers a multi-faceted, matrixed program which spans NOAA line offices, funding efforts in Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS), and National Ocean Service (NOS). The OAP HQ is located in the OAR division of NOAA. OAP is the NOAA liaison for ocean acidification with other federal agencies, international entities, stakeholders, states and local agencies, the press, Congress and the public. The OAP also hosts the NOAA OA Working Group (NOAWG), which has representatives from the spectrum of NOAA programs involved in OA research, some funded by OAP, some not: Climate Program Office, National Sea Grant Office, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, National Oceanographic Data Center, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Ocean Exploration and Research, Coral Reef Conservation Program, NMFS Labs, NMFS Science & Technology, Integrated Ocean Observing System, National Marine Sanctuaries and NOAA Education Office. The NOAWG provides guidance on operational, programmatic and implementation issues. The OAP has an senior executive service (SES) level executive board with representatives from NMFS, OAR, NESDIS and NOS.