Sunday, November 29, 2015

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Our federal partners in ocean acidification research now meet officially through the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification (IWG), but we also coordinate bilaterally and through workshops that individual agencies have initiated. NOAA is the chair of the IWG.

Besides NOAA’s work which is detailed in this website, NSF has held several ocean acidification-specific requests fro porposals over the past three years.  NSF also provides significant resources to the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Program (OCB) at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) which now has a special ocean acidification subcommittee. The OCB OA subcommittee has conducted both workshops and generated important outreach materials on ocean acidification.

US Geological Survey (USGS) conducts ocean acidification research activities in both Florida and in the Arctic. 

The Department of State is a major funder, through its Peaceful Uses Initiative of the IAEA, of the new International Coordination Centre on Ocean Acidification just recently established.

Bureau of Energy Management (BOEM) is increasing its involvement in OA monitoring especially as related to marine areas where oil drilling is being considered, such as in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Arctic.

National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) funds research in which satellite products can be applied to tracking ocean acidification status.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering coastal water quality monitoring strategies given the Clean Water Act requirements for monitoring and regulating pH in coastal waters. EPA scientists in some regions are also involved in OA-related research.

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