Developing a national plan for ocean acidification research

Passage of the Federal Ocean Acidification Research And Monitoring (FOARAM) Act in 2009 has prompted the formation of an interagency committee to develop a plan for ocean acidifica- tion research and monitoring. With scientific input from the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel (ORRAP) Task Force on Ocean Acidification, the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification is working on a na- tional plan for ocean acidification research, which is due to Congress in March 2011. The national plan will address important aspects of chemical and biological monitoring and research, as well as socioeco- nomic implications and potential education/outreach and marine conservation strategies.

The next meeting of the Ocean Acidification Interagency Working Group and ORRAP Task Force will be held June 22-23, 2010 in Washington, DC.

OCB Newsletter 3(2):15. Article.

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