Towards international cooperation on the management of data on the biological response to ocean acidification: OA-ICC expert meeting held at the IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco

IMG_5512The IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) organized an expert meeting on the management of ocean acidification biological response data at the IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco, 23-24 April 2014. The meeting brought together ocean acidification scientists and data managers from 10 countries, with a common goal to work towards improved data management practices in order to enhance access, integration and inter-comparison of ocean acidification data and to foster global scientific collaboration.

The group agreed to develop the following products:

  • A revision of Chapter 15 of the “Guide to Best Practices for Ocean Acidification Research and Data Reporting” (, in particular expanding on biological response data, including recommendations on a data management plan and data policy, common vocabulary and metadata;
  • Guidelines for data curators;
  • Guidelines for authors of scientific papers on ocean acidification biological response studies, with the goal to facilitate data archiving and comparability;
  • and a feasibility plan for a one-stop shop for ocean acidification data.

More information on the discussions and outcomes of the meeting will be available soon via the OA-ICC web site and news stream.

If you are interested in getting involved in this effort, please contact Lina Hansson, OA-ICC Project Officer (l.hansson(at)


Ward Appeltans (UNESCO-IOC/IODE)
Jean-Pierre Gattuso (CNRS-UPMC)

Organizing Committee
Lina Hansson (OA-ICC/IAEA)
Cyndy Chandler (US BCO DMO)
Janine Felden (Pangaea)
Hernan Garcia (US NODC)
Rob Thomas (BODC)

Data curators and representatives of data centres
Dave Connell (Australian Antarctic Division)
Michael Diepenbroek (Pangaea; by VC)
Dirk Fleischer (GEOMAR, BIOACID)
Michaël Grelaud (UAB/MedSeA; by VC)
Tobias Spears (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Yan Yang (Xiamen University/OA-ICC)

Scientists and representatives of major ocean acidification programmes
Cathy Cosca (NOAA/GOA-ON; by VC)
Steeve Comeau (California State University, Northridge)
Dwight Gledhill (NOAA OA Program)
Kristy Kroeker (UC Davis)
Haruko Kurihara (University of the Ryukyus)
Pippa Moore (Aberystwyth University)
James Orr (CEA/LSCE)
Hans-Otto Pörtner (AWI; by VC)
Phil Williamson (UKOA programme)
Patrizia Ziveri (UAB/MedSeA; by VC)

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