Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A GLOBAL PHENOMENON: AN INTERNATIONAL EFFORT

 

NOAA scientist, Dr. Richard Feely, presents ocean acidification research in the US at the Global OCean Acidification Network meeting last summer. 

In July of 2013, 87 participants from nearly 30 countries met to further the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON).  This workshop was made possible with support from the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project; the UK Ocean Acidification Research (UKOA) Programme (co-funded by NERC, Defra and DECC); the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre of the International Atomic Energy Agency; the UK Science & Innovation Network (co-funded by BIS and FCO); the Natural Environment Research Council, the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, the Global Ocean Observing System, the Integrated Ocean Observing System, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO the University of Washington; and others.  The meeting was held at St. Andrews University in Scotland, UK, and followed the UKOA meeting where 140 researchers from around the UK came together to discuss their recent ocean acidification findings.  As Dr. Jane Lubchenco, former NOAA administrator, said, “This meeting is a great way to help integrate and collaborate between the multiple international ocean acidification organizations that have sprung up in the last ten years.” 

This workshop built on progress made at the first meeting in Seattle, WA, USA (link to a draft of the observing system plan born out of this workshop).  The overarching goal of this year’s meeting was to further refine the vision for the structure and evolution of the GOA-ON in shelf seas and coastal waters. 

To that end, meeting outcomes are expected to include:

    NOAA scientist, Dr. Jeremy Mathis, discusses ocean acidification in the Arctic at the Global Ocean Acidfication Network meeting last summer.
  • a more comprehensive vision of a global coastal and open ocean OA network (a map has been created and is being updated as new observing assets and countries are added to the network);
  • conceptualization of the ideal fixed observing node that contains chemical, physical, and biologically relevant observations
  • assurance that observing data is relevant to modeling needs;
  • creation of a near-term priority list of geographic areas that are both “hot spots” for OA and that are under-observed, with the intent to create a plan to cover them;
  •  an international data sharing plan for OA observing data (an international data management workshop is being held in Monaco April 23-24);
  • development of a governance structure for GOA-ON (this was finalized and unveiled at the GOA-ON side event during the GEO-X Plenary Session & 2014 Geneva Summit);
  •  update of the draft Global OA Observing Plan developed as a result of the June 2012 GOA-ON workshop (the plan has been revised to reflect discussions from the meeting in Scotland and a final version should be completed by the end of the summer 2014).

Currently the draft plan is being circulated amongst the network members for comments and feedback.  The Executive Council is meeting in May to finalize the draft and a final version will be available at the end of the summer. 

If you are interested in learning more about the workshop outcomes and GOA-ON progress, a website with this information and a live map of the observing assets to aid in coordinating observing efforts can be found here.

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