INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT

The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) is actively engaged with international partners.  NOAA scientists helped find the SOLAS IMBER Ocean Acidification (SIOA) Working Group and the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC). 

NOAA scientists serve on the executive council of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), a network created 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. 

In addition, the NOAA OAP engages in many bilateral activities related to ocean acidification, sharing ideas for effective response, with countries such as Japan, Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, the European Commission, Norway, United Kingdom, and Sweden, among others. We are working with the Department of State and the NOAA Arctic Program to ensure that ocean acidification is addressed through the Arctic Council as the US assumes chairmanship of the council.