The EPOCA information outlet morphs into the OA-ICC news stream

This news stream (also known as the “ocean acidification blog”) is going to change hands. I started this information outlet in July 2006 as a “one man” effort. From May 2008 to August 2012 it was a product of the European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA), and has been endorsed by the IMBER and SOLAS projects in January 2010.

Here are a few numbers:

  • 5334 posts have been published since 2006
  • 654,159 views from 185 countries
  • 743 subscribers through RSS or email
  • 451 Twitter followers
  • an unknown number of FaceBook friends

Quite frankly, I did not anticipate such a tremendous success when I launched the blog. It obviously fulfils a need. However, it is time for me to move on to other challenges but I did not want to just pull the plug. I am happy that the perfect arrangement was found to continue this service.

This blog is going to be taken over and managed by the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC), based at the Environmental Laboratories of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Monaco, with the goal to continue serving all ocean acidification actors and end-users, including the scientific community, decision-makers and the general public. I will remain involved in the editorial supervision but the day-to-day management will be in the very capable hands of Lina Hansson. SOLAS and IMBER will remain strongly involved through their close partnership with the OA-ICC.

In the following blog post, Lina Hansson will provide information on the, hopefully smooth, transition on WordPress, Twitter and FaceBook.

The past 7 years have been very fulfilling and I am very proud to have helped the research community by highlighting publications and disseminating news on ocean acidification. I am convinced that the new set-up will continue to provide a similar, or even better, service.

Thank you very much to the whole readership!

Jean-Pierre Gattuso
CNRS and Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6

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