The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program exists to meet the ocean acidification (OA) research and monitoring needs of the US. However, we can do this more effectively and efficiently if coordinated closely with entities both within and outside NOAA. Within NOAA, we have developed the NOAA OA Working Group as a way to facilitate these close working relationships.
We work closely with coastal state governments, many of which are now engaged in developing their respective responses to ocean acidification including the states of Washington, Alaska, California, Oregon, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maryland. As part of our partnership with state efforts, the OAP is supporting the development of regional acidification networks. We also work closely with non-governmental organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Ocean Conservancy, Island Institute and COMPASS on a variety of outreach, communications, assessment and networking projects.
We conduct research and monitoring in collaboration with many research institutions. We are working with external stakeholders in the marine resources and fishery management communities to determine their information needs. We are working closely with other federal agencies also involved in ocean acidification research to coordinate our approach.
The US Government in partnership with other countries around the world have been instrumental in creating an Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre which facilitates information sharing between researchers and policymakers across the globe. The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (www.GOA-ON.org), which NOAA co-chairs, is a global scale coordination effort which now involves scientists from more than 30 countries and is supported by the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC).